Education and Skills Committee

15 September 2003


The Work of Ofsted

The Education and Skills Select Committee will hold its next meeting with HM Chief Inspector David Bell on Wednesday 5 November 2003. This meeting is part of the Committee's annual scrutiny of the work of Ofsted.

The Committee would welcome written submissions on the work of Ofsted, including, but not limited to, Ofsted's corporate plan, consultations on the new school inspection framework, the work of Ofsted's early years directorate and Ofsted's inspection responsibilities for post-16 education. These submissions will assist the Committee in preparing for the meeting with the Chief Inspector, and may be published alongside the transcript of the meeting. Submissions should arrive no later than Monday 20 October 2003.

Each submission should begin with a short summary in bullet point form. The paragraphs in the text of the submission should be numbered. A guide for written submissions to the Committee may be found on the parliamentary website at: http:// www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm

A copy of the submission should be sent on disk or by e-mail ([email protected]) and an additional paper copy should be sent to:

Sara Eustace, Education and Skills Select Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London  SW1P 3JA

NOTES FOR EDITORS

Those wishing to attend this session should check the venue by contacting the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033 the day before the hearing. The information line is updated daily and provides recorded information about forthcoming meetings including venues and subjects under discussion for select and standing committee meetings occurring within the next two sitting days.

Information about the Education and Skills Committee

The Education and Skills Committee is one of the House’s Select Committees related to government departments: its terms of reference are to examine “the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Education and Skills and its associated public bodies”.  The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry, within the overall terms of reference.  It invites written evidence from interested parties and holds public evidence sessions, usually in committee rooms at the House of Commons, although it does have the power to meet away from Westminster.  At the end of each inquiry, the Committee will normally agree a Report based on the evidence received. Such Reports are published and made available on the Internet.  Copies are sent free to those who give oral evidence. Reports usually contain recommendations to the Government and other bodies.  The Government by convention responds to reports within about two months of publication.  These responses are also published.

The membership of the Committee is as follows:

Mr David Chaytor, Labour, Bury North

Valerie Davey, Labour, Bristol West

Jeff Ennis, Labour, Barnsley East & Mexborough

Paul Holmes, Liberal Democrat, Chesterfield

Mr Robert Jackson, Conservative, Wantage

Ms Meg Munn, Labour, Sheffield Heeley

Mr Kerry Pollard, Labour, St Albans

Jonathan Shaw, Labour, Chatham and Aylesford

Mr Barry Sheerman (Chairman), Labour, Huddersfield

Mr Mark Simmond,s Conservative, Boston & Skegness

Mr Andrew Turner, Conservative, Isle of Wight