May 10, 2019 dmh

Opportunity Areas: Education Committee to question Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP – Tuesday 14th May at 10am

The Education Select Committee is to question Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP on the Government’s Opportunity Areas (OA) programme.

The programme was announced in 2016 with the objective of providing additional support in disadvantaged areas to improve outcomes for young people. It also aims to learn what works in the 12 OA areas and spread effective practice.

The Committee is likely to want to question the Minister on how areas were chosen, funding arrangements and how success is being measured.

Members will also have the opportunity to ask the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for the East of England and North-East London about the involvement in the programme of RSCs.

Witness schedule


Tuesday May 14th, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster


At 10am

  • Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families
  • Sue Baldwin, Regional Schools Commissioner for East of England and North-East London
  • Hannah Streatfeild, Deputy Director, Opportunity Areas

The session will be broadcast live on Parliament TV here.

The Committee previously took evidence from Opportunity Area board members. The transcript of the session is available here.

Committee Membership: Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP (Con, Harlow), Lucy Allan MP (Con, Telford), Ben Bradley MP (Con, Mansfield), Marion Fellows MP (SNP, Motherwell and Wishaw), James Frith MP (Lab, Bury North), Emma Hardy MP (Lab, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle), Trudy Harrison MP (Con, Copeland), Ian Mearns MP (Lab, Gateshead), Lucy Powell MP (Lab Co-op, Manchester Central), Thelma Walker MP (Lab, Colne Valley), William Wragg MP (Con, Hazel Grove)

Specific Committee Information: [email protected] / 020 7219 1376

Media Information: Gary Calder [email protected] / 020 7219 7556 or Oliver Florence [email protected] / 07720 202 985

Committee Website: www.parliament.uk/education-committee

Twitter: @CommonsEd


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