Education and Skills Committee

13 October 2004

Education Outside the Classroom

Monday 18 October 2004, from 3.45 pm Wilson Room, Portcullis House

In its first oral evidence session on Education Outside the Classroom, the Committee will be taking evidence from:

Sarah Henwood, Chief Executive and William Ripley, Operations Director, Outward Bound Trust UK, Dr Anthony Thomas, Chair, Steering Group, Real World Learning Campaign, Andy Simpson, Head of Education, RSPB and Real World Learning Campaign, Dr Rita Gardner CBE, Director, Royal Geographical Society and Dr Steve Tilling, Director of Communications, Field Studies Council.

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.