The 2013 Youth Select Committee will embark on a new inquiry
into the role of the education system and the national curriculum
in equipping young people with the skills for later life. The
inquiry will look at the support currently available in schools to
develop young people's 'life skills' such as personal finance,
political education and cultural awareness.
The Youth Select Committee (YSC) is a British Youth Council
initiative, supported by the House of Commons. The eleven committee
members are aged 15-18 and include two Members of the UK Youth Parliament
(MYPs), two youth councillors, the Young Mayor of Bristol, one
elected representative from each of the devolved nations and three
reserved seats for groups who may be otherwise
Natasha Browne, Chair of the Youth Select
Committee (18, MYP for Solihull), said:"It's important that young
people get the right support to equip us with the skills to be
successful in later life. Schools are the focus of young people's
lives and, as a Committee, we look forward to hearing what people
have to say about the role of the education system in equipping
young people with skills for life".
The Youth Select Committee will look at the following issues as
part of its inquiry:
- The responsibility of the education system to equip young
people with 'life skills' such as political education, personal
finance and cultural awareness.
- The current state of 'life skills' provision in schools.
- The support currently available for teachers to deliver lessons
and programmes on life skills.
- Whether the school education system gets the balance right
between academia and 'life skills'.
- Whether the teaching of 'life skills' should lie within core
subjects or as a separate part of the curriculum?
- How much involvement young people have in shaping the Personal,
social, health and economic (PSHE) and citizenship curriculum.
- How PSHE and citizenship teaching is implemented differently in
- What the UK government can learn from others about the teaching
of "life skills" to young people.
The Committee call for evidence closes on 4thJune and the YSC
will hold oral evidence sessions in the House of Commons in June
and July 2013.
The Committee's has a clear mandate to focus on 'A Curriculum
for Life', the issue having been voted as the priority campaign of
the UK Youth
Parliament at their annual
House of Commons debate in November 2012.