Children, Schools and Families Committee

5 March 2008


Oral Evidence Session

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

Wednesday 12 March 2008 at 9.30am
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Evidence from: Rebecca Allen, Researcher, Institute of Education, University of London; Professor Mark Halsted, Head, Department of Community and International Education, University of Huddersfield; Professor Audrey Osler, Research Professor, University of Leeds and Director, Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights Education (CCHRE); and Professor Anne West, Professor of Education Policy, and Director, Education Research Group, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Followed by at approximately 10.45am:

Evidence from: The Right Reverend Stephen Venner,The Bishop in Canterbury and Bishop of Dover; t he Right Reverend Patrick O'Donoghue, Bishop of Lancaster and Peter Irvine CBE, Catholic Education Service.

This session follows on from the one held on 30 January which looked broadly at the effects of a diverse system and what is known about the characteristics of different types of school in terms of performance, intake and other related issues; and also the one held on 25 February which focussed specifically on academies.

The purpose of this meeting is to examine faith schools and their place within the school system.

The session 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.