Education and Skills

24 January 2003


SECONDARY EDUCATION: PUPIL ACHIEVEMENT

The Education and Skills Committee has announced the second part of its Secondary Education inquiry: Pupil Achievement in Secondary Education

The prime focus of the Committee's inquiry will be to scrutinise the evidence that describes which groups of children do least well in compulsory education and why this is the case.

The Committee is particularly interested in receiving written submissions regarding the issues which impact upon pupil achievement from minority ethnic or disadvantaged social economic backgrounds.

The Committee would welcome written submissions. These should be sent on disk or by e:mai ([email protected]) with an additional paper copy addressed to: S®an Jones, Second Clerk, Education & Skills Select Committee, 7 Millbank, London. SW1P 3JA, by Friday 21 February.

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 Simmonds, Conservative, Boston & Skegness

Mr Andrew Turner, Conservative, Isle of Wight

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