The role and performance of Ofsted

27 October 2010

The Education Committee holds its first oral evidence session for its inquiry on the role and performance of Ofsted at 9.30 am on Wednesday 3 November in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House.


  • Maurice Smith CB, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Ofsted, 2006;
  • Sir Mike Tomlinson, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Ofsted, 2000-02;
  • David Sherlock CBE, Chief Inspector of Adult Learning, 2000-07; and
  • Lord Sutherland of Houndwood KT, Chief Inspector of Schools, 1992-94

To launch the oral sessions for the inquiry into Ofsted’s role and performance, the Committee will hear evidence from former Chief Inspectors of Ofsted and its predecessor organisations. The session will aim to gain a historical perspective on the inspectorate’s development, and hear witnesses’ views on the range of issues into which the inquiry is looking – including Ofsted’s governance, remit (and the expansion thereof), and performance in carrying out its duties.

Original terms of reference for the inquiry

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