Education and Skills Committees

27 January 2006




Teaching Children to Read

Monday 30 January 2006, 3.45 p.m. in the
Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Jim Rose CBE, Chair, Rose Review of the Teaching of Early Reading, on the subject of his interim report, Independent review of the teaching of early reading: Interim report. 

Special Educational Needs

Wednesday 1 February 2006, 9.30 a.m. in the
Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Mark Rogers, Assistant Director, Children and Young Peoples' Directorate, Stockport City Council; Tim Warin, Senior School Improvement Advisor, SEN, and Coordinator of SEN Services, Newcastle City Council; and Janet Sparrow, Acting Head of Special Education Services, Buckinghamshire County Council.

Further oral evidence sessions on Special Educational Needs to take place between February and March will be announced shortly.


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.