CPA Parliamentary Academy

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FREE, flexible online courses for all staff at the UK Parliament

Learn whenever, wherever with the CPA Parliamentary Academy

The CPA Parliamentary Academy is a learning hub for parliamentary staff and Members of Parliament, created by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

Our online learning platform, available for free to anyone working in a Commonwealth Parliament, offers a curriculum of online courses on parliamentary democracy, from how the committee system works to constituency engagement.

At the CPA, we know how busy people working in Parliament are. That’s why we’ve designed courses that can be started, worked on, and completed at any time. No essays, no long exams, no uncomfortable exercises. Just log-in on your lunch hour, or whenever fits your schedule, and progress at your own pace.

Why learn with the CPA? Our courses can widen your horizons, transporting you around the Commonwealth to get the perspectives of people who are shaping the way Parliaments act and operate. More than 60 MPs, clerks and international experts have contributed video lessons, offering their personal insights on subjects ranging from gender-sensitive budgeting to codes of conduct.

Beyond our online courses, we also offer a variety of other professional development opportunities, publications and resources, and run regular events that are open to Members and staff across the Commonwealth.

To get started, register for the CPA Parliamentary Academy with your parliament.uk email address.

https://www.cpahq.org/parliamentary-academy/

To explore the CPA’s online library of publications, articles, podcasts and more, visit our Knowledge Centre:

https://www.cpahq.org/knowledge-centre/

To find out what events we’ve got coming up, check out our Events page:

https://www.cpahq.org/events/

Mental Health First Aid drop-in session for Members and Members’ staff

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Do you know how to support your own mental health and that of your team? Have you seen an increase in the number of constituents and colleagues who are presenting with mental health concerns and would you know where to signpost them if you needed to?

Organised by Tracey Crouch MP and the Members’ Services Team, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England will be hosting a taster morning in Attlee Suite from 9am-1pm on 19 May 2022 to explore what you need to support yours and others’ mental health and wellbeing.

See here for full details: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/news/2022/may/mental-health-first-aid-drop-in-session-for-members-and-members-staff/

House of Commons Training in the next fortnight

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This is the fortnight training information from the Commons Learning and Development Team for you to be able to find the available courses for the following two weeks. We are including some law sessions recently arranged for March.

Please click the links to book if you are available to join.

W/C 21 February

W/C 28 February

  • Supporting Distressed Caller: we are rearranging the sessions’ dates

Newly arranged short webinar Law sessions in March

Public inquiries and the Coronavirus pandemic – Commons Library talk

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Thursday 31 Mar 2022, 14:00 – 15:00
Online (MS Teams)

Two public inquiries have been announced, one by the UK Government and the other by the Scottish Government, into the Covid-19 pandemic response. This talk will explain how those inquiries will go about their work, what powers they will have, and what they will look at.

Event format

Online presentation by the specialist followed by time for questions.

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/public-inquiries-and-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Bank branch closures: the numbers and issues – Commons Library talk

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Thursday 24 Mar 2022, 14:00 – 15:00
Online (MS Teams)

Bank branch numbers have been falling for years, and the pandemic has only sped this up. This talk will look at those numbers, as well as the effects on people, businesses and communities. What can be done about this and what plans are there to maintain access to cash?

Event format

Online presentation by the specialists followed by time for questions.

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/bank-branch-closures–the-numbers-and-issues/

Understanding and using statistics: the basics for dealing with numerical information – Commons Library talk

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Wednesday 16 Mar 2022, 14:00 – 15:30
Online (MS Teams)

This talk is designed to help you understand, accurately interpret and clearly present statistical information. It includes some practical tips on using and writing about statistics and introduces some important statistical concepts.

Event format

Online presentation by the specialists followed by time for questions.

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/understanding-and-using-statistics-the-basics-for-dealing-with-numerical-information-/

Housing disrepair – Commons Library talk

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Thursday 10 Mar 2022, 14:30 – 15:30
Online (MS Teams)

This talk will give an overview of tenants’ rights and options when their landlords don’t respond to requests for repairs.

Event format

Online presentation by the specialist followed by time for questions

Presenter

  • Wendy Wilson
    Commons Library subject specialist in housing law and policy

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/housing-disrepair/

Mental health reform proposals – Commons Library talk

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Wednesday 02 Mar 2022, 15:00 – 16:00
Online (MS Teams)

This talk will provide an overview of the process of reforming the Mental Health Act. It will focus on the main changes proposed to the legal framework and related policy.

Event format

Online presentation by the specialists followed by time for questions

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/mental-health-reform-proposals/

National Audit Office: Transport departmental overview – Commons Library event

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Thursday 24 Feb 2022, 15:00 – 16:00
Online (MS Teams)

This talk by staff from the National Audit Office (NAO) will give an overview of Department for Transport spending in 2020-21, its major areas of activity and performance, and the challenges it’s likely to face in the coming year (based on insights from the NAO’s work).

The NAO is the UK’s independent public spending watchdog. It supports Parliament in holding the UK Government to account and aims to help improve public services through its audits.

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/national-audit-office-transport-departmental-overview/