Education and Skills Committee

28 November 2005

Forthcoming meetings

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

CHILDREN'S COMMISSIONER    Monday 5 December at 3.45pm
Evidence from:
Professor Al Aynsley Green, Children's Commissioner.

SCHOOLS WHITE PAPER     Monday 5 December at 4.45pm approx                                           
Evidence from:
Sir Alan Steer, Chair, Practitioners Group on School Behaviour and Discipline; Steve Munby, Chief Executive, National College for School Leadership; and Ralph Tabberer, Chief Executive, Training and Development Agency for Schools.

SCHOOLS WHITE PAPER         Wednesday 7 December at 9.30am
Evidence  from:
National Union of Teachers; Professional Association of Teachers; Association of Teachers and Lecturers; NASUWT; National Association of Head Teachers; and Secondary Heads Association.

SCHOOLS WHITE PAPER        Monday 12 December at 3.45pm
Evidence from:
National Governors' Council; National Association of School Governors; National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations; Specialist Schools and Academies Trust; and school sponsors.

SCHOOLS WHITE PAPER      Wednesday 14 December at 9.30am
Evidence from:
Dr Philip Hunter, Chief Schools Adjudicator; Professor Simon Burgess, University of Bristol; Professor Stephen Gorard, University of York; and Professor John Micklewright, University of Southampton.

SCHOOLS WHITE PAPER    Monday 19 December at 3.45pm
Evidence from:
Rt Hon Ruth Kelly MP, Secretary of State for Education and Skills; Rt Hon Jacqui Smith MP, Minister of State for Schools and 14-19 Learners.

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.