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Special Note : Covid-19 and Casework: Ask the Library

The House of Commons Library ran a series of online training sessions on 25 and 26 June to help MPs’ staff deal with Covid-19 related casework. The programme covered:

  • Preventing evictions
  • Understanding the data on case numbers and deaths
  • The lockdown laws
  • Schools
  • The economic impact
  • Using the Library remotely

And much more… You can view the recordings of those sessions here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1747


Learning and Development

The main resource for training for Members’ Staff is The Commons Learning and Organisation Development team.

Courses take place both on the Parliamentary Estate and regionally, and if a course of interest is not available at a convenient location or date, they will endeavour to accommodate specific requirements, subject to sufficient demand (12 delegates and above).

Courses are free of charge to all Members’ staff who are paid through IPSA’s staffing allowance and travel costs to training events can be met from the expenses scheme administered by IPSA.

The full course catalogue is available via Act – the Parliamentary learning management system.  Some courses are advertised as being for House staff, but MPs’ staff can still sign up for some of them, such as some of the courses from Parliamentary Digital.  If in doubt, please do contact L&D for advice.

If you see a course you’d like to do, but there isn’t a session advertised yet, please do put yourself on the waiting list so that the L&D know that people are interested.  This will also ensure that you get a notification of when a session is available.

At the moment, it is not possible to attend classroom based training.  However, there are some courses which are available online in a virtual classroom.  Please see here for details: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1590

Email: learninganddevelopment@parliament.uk
Phone: 020 7219 5144

 


House of Commons Library

The House of Commons Library also provides training that may be of value to staff.  Courses are open to Members of both Houses, their staff and parliamentary staff, unless otherwise stated on the course schedule and individual arrangements can be made for constituency staff. See the Library’s training page on the Parliamentary Intranet for details and booking.


 
Latest Training Courses

CPA Parliamentary Academy

The CPA Parliamentary Academy is a free learning hub for parliamentary staff and Members of Parliament, created by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). For further details, please see this page: https://w4mp.org/cpa-parliamentary-academy/

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

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…

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House of Commons Training in the next fortnight

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 Vicarious Trauma…

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Public inquiries and the Coronavirus pandemic – Commons Library talk

Thursday 31 Mar 2022, 14:00 – 15:00Online (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.…

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

Thursday 24 Mar 2022, 14:00 – 15:00Online (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…

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

Wednesday 16 Mar 2022, 14:00 – 15:30Online (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…

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Housing disrepair – Commons Library talk

Thursday 10 Mar 2022, 14:30 – 15:30Online (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 WilsonCommons Library subject specialist in housing law and policy For further information…

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Mental health reform proposals – Commons Library talk

Wednesday 02 Mar 2022, 15:00 – 16:00Online (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…

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National Audit Office: Transport departmental overview – Commons Library event

Thursday 24 Feb 2022, 15:00 – 16:00Online (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).…

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National Audit Office: School funding and financial sustainability of schools in England – Commons Library event

Thursday 10 Feb 2022, 15:00 – 16:00Online (MS Teams) This talk will focus on recent National Audit Office (NAO) publications which examined whether the Department for Education is distributing funding and supporting schools in a way that improves financial sustainability. The NAO is the UK’s independent public spending watchdog. It supports Parliament in holding the UK…

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