Giving evidence to the Youth Select Committee

On Friday 28th June 2013, along with a panel of other young people who had been invited to give evidence, I sat in front of the 2013 Youth Select Committee in a committee room in Parliament and gave evidence to the Committee. It was a fascinating and enjoyable experience, and I was very impressed with the quality of the questions from the young people on the Committee. The young people on the committee are passionate and engaged with the issue of life skills in schools, and they back up one of the key insights that led me to set up this campaign – that young people can, and do, understand government policy and can make a significant contribution to government policy if given the chance to do so.

The way the questions were asked meant that I ended up spending a large portion of my time in front of the Committee talking about various aspects of enterprise education; its benefits; and how it can be better taught in schools. However, I was also able to cover areas such as financial and citizenship education as well as how schools can connect with parents when delivering life skills.

I was very pleased that The Found Generation were invited to be among a small number of individuals and organisations invited to speak in front of the Committee, when many of those who submitted written evidence were not invited to give further evidence. On the 28th June, other sessions of the Committee included representatives from Ofsted, Democratic Life and the PSHE Association.

The second witness evidence session on Friday 5th July 2013 included representatives from the Confederation of British Industry, the Personal Finance Education Group and a senior official from the Department for Education. The session also included two Labour Shadow Ministers – Lisa Nandy MP and Sharon Hodgson MP. Unfortunately, no Government Ministers gave evidence at either session, which was disappointing.

You can find the full list of witnesses here, and can find the session in which I spoke on the Parliament website here. You can also find more information about the written evidence we submitted on our website.

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