Children, Schools and Families Committee

2 July 2008




NATIONAL CURRICULUM

Oral Evidence Session

The Children, Schools and Families Committee will be taking formal oral evidence as follows:

Monday 7 July 2008 at 3.45pm
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Evidence from: Jim Knight MP, Minister for Schools and 14-19 Learners; and Helen Williams, Director, Curriculum and Pupil Well-being, Department for Children, Schools and Families.

This is the third session of the inquiry; it will consider:

  • National prescription and local autonomy;
  • Teacher professionalism;
  • Fitness-for-purpose of the National Curriculum; and
  • The context in which the National Curriculum operates.

LEARNING AND SKILLS COUNCIL

Oral Evidence Session

The Children, Schools and Families Committee will be taking formal oral evidence as follows:

Wednesday 9 July 2008 at 9.30am
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Evidence from: David Croll, Principal, Derby College; Julian Gravatt, Director of Funding and Development, Association of Colleges; and Sid Hughes, Principal, Newham Sixth Form College.

Followed by at approximately 10.30am, evidence from: Rob Wye, Director, Young People's Learning and Skills Group, Learning and Skills Council; Councillor Les Lawrence, Chair of the Children and Young People's Board, Local Government Association; Caroline Abrahams, Programme Director for Children and Young People, Local Government Association; and Chris Heaume, Chief Executive Officer, Connexions Central London Partnership.

This session will consider the phasing out of the Learning and Skills Council and the consequences of related, proposed reforms.

These sessions will also be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee rooms and timings are subject to change.