Education Committee to hold evidence session on knife crime – Wednesday 27th March at 10am

The Education Committee is to hold a one-off evidence session to explore whether there is a link between the rise in exclusions and increase in knife crime.

In the first two months of this year, there were 41 fatal stabbings in England and Wales, and latest figures show the number of annual fatal stabbings is at the highest since records began. The session will examine some of the factors which may have led to the rise, as well as whether there is a correlation between knife crime and school exclusions. Members will also have the chance to discuss with the panel Scotland’s approach to tackling knife crime over the past decade.

Last summer, the Committee’s report on alternative provision called on the Government to do more to tackle the rise in school exclusions and improve the quality of alternative provision. The report warned that a lack of early intervention and support was contributing to an increase in the number of pupils being excluded.

Witness schedule

Wednesday 27th March at 10am, Committee Room 6


  • Will Linden, Deputy Director, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit
  • AC Mark Simmons, Assistant Commissioner, London Metropolitan Police
  • Carlie Thomas, Senior Caseworker Rescue & Response, St Giles Trust
  • Sir Michael Wilshaw, Professor of Education and Director of Multi-Academy Trusts, St Mary’s University

The meeting will be broadcast live on Parliament TV.

The Committee’s report Forgotten children: alternative provision and the scandal of ever increasing exclusions was published on 25 July 2018.

This month, police commissioners and the Mayor of London wrote to the Prime Minister warning of the link between school exclusions and knife crime.

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)


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