Work in Parliament

AoC’s public affairs team has over 25 years experience of working with MPs in Westminster and with Government departments in Whitehall. Liaising with all political parties (not just the party or parties in Government), we lobby to make sure they create policies that are beneficial to member colleges and suggest amendments to legislation. We undertake our work with the help of college principals and sometimes with chairs of governors.

As well as maintaining good contacts with key MPs, regular activities include suggesting Parliamentary Questions, submitting written evidence to select committees and producing briefings for MPs to inform debates in both Houses. We brief principals on how to manage their relationship with their local MPs and advise on opportunities to speak directly to MPs on issues that concern them. We also put principals forward to provide spoken evidence to select committees. We are delighted whenever an MP pays tribute to the work their local college is doing or a Minister speaks highly of the sector.

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  • Public Affairs Briefing 22/07/2021

    Update of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill Committee Stages in the House of Lords and Next Steps, Youth Unemployment Inquiry and Education Select Committee
    Published: 

    22 Jul 2021

  • Public Affairs Briefing 15/07/2021

    ESFA Clawback decision reversal, Skill and Post-16 Education Bill, Level 3 Qualification Reform, Education Committee, Youth Unemployment Committee
    Published: 

    15 Jul 2021

  • Public Affairs Briefing 08/07/2021

    Summary of Skills and Post 16 Education Bill Day 1 of Committee, Gavin Williamson’s Education Reopening announcement, Education Committee update and upcoming events in Parliament
    Published: 

    08 Jul 2021

  • Public Affairs Briefing 24/06/2021

    Skills and Post- 16 Education Bill update, Education Questions in the Commons, Treasury Questions in the Commons, Education Select Committee – Accountability Hearings, Upcoming Parliamentary Events
    Published: 

    24 Jun 2021

  • Public Affairs Briefing 17/06/2021

    Second Reading of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, Education Committee – Safeguarding in schools and Accountability Session, House of Lords Youth Unemployment Committee, Opposition day debate – education recovery , Westminster Hall debate – Levelling Up and Upcoming parliamentary events of interest
    Published: 

    17 Jun 2021

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