Children, Schools and Families Committee

4 June 2008




CHILD POVERTY

Oral Evidence Session

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

Monday 9 June 2008 at 3.45pm
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Evidence from: Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families; Rt Hon Beverley Hughes MP, Minister for Children, Young People and Families; Rt Hon James Purnell MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions; and Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, HM Treasury.

This is a one-off session. The purpose of this session is to discover from the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury how their respective departments are collaborating on their joint responsibilities in relation to child poverty and what progress is being made in reducing child poverty.

NATIONAL CURRICULUM

Oral Evidence Session

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

Wednesday 11 June 2008 at 9.30am
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Evidence from: John Bangs, Assistant Secretary, National Union of Teachers; Mick Brookes, General Secretary, National Association of Head Teachers; Martin Johnson, Deputy General Secretary, Association of Teachers and Lecturers; and National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers.

Followed by at approximately 10.45am:

Evidence from: Carmel Gallagher, Manager for Curriculum Development, Northern Ireland Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment; Colin Willman, Chair, Education and Skills Policy Unit, Federation of Small Businesses; and David Robb, Imperial College London.

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

  • the arguments for and against having a national curriculum;
  • what the purposes of a national curriculum should be;
  • the 'fitness-for-purpose' of the current National Curriculum and related forthcoming reforms; and
  • alternative curriculum frameworks.

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.