Education and Skills Committee

7 February 2006




Forthcoming meetings

The Education and Skills Committee has arranged the following meetings to be held in public in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House:

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
Monday 13 February at 3.45pm
Evidence from:
Professor Alan Dyson, Manchester University; Professor Julie Dockrell, Institute of Education; and Professor Brahm Norwich, Exeter University.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS   
Wednesday 1 March at 9.30am
Evidence from:
Richard Rieser, Disability Equality in Education (DEE); Simone Aspis, British Council of Disabled People (BCODP); Elizabeth Clery, Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB); and Carol Boys, Down's Syndrome Association (DSA).

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS  
Wednesday 1 March at 10.30am approx
Evidence  from:
Mike Collins, National Autistic Society (NAS); Susan Tresman, British Dyslexia Association (BDA); Virginia Beardshaw, I CAN; and David Congdon, Mencap.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS   
Wednesday 8 March at 9.30am
Evidence from:
Miriam Rosen, Ofsted; Eileen Visser, Ofsted; David Curtis; Audit Commission; and Joan Baxter, Audit Commission.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS   
Wednesday 8 March at 10.30am approx
Evidence from:
John Bangs, NUT; Rona Tutt, NAHT; Dr Mary Bousted, ATL; and Darren Northcott, NASUWT.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS   
Wednesday 15 March at 9.30am
Evidence from:
Ralph Tabberer, Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA); Shirley Cramer, Dyslexia Institute; Jean Salt, NASEN; and Kevin Rowland, British Psychological Society.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS   
Wednesday 22 March at 9.30am
Evidence from:
Lord Adonis, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Schools), Department for Education and Skills.
Please Note:  This will be the final meeting for the SEN inquiry.

The Committee intends to undertake a number of related visits within the UK and will also take into consideration the written memoranda that have been submitted to this inquiry.

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.