Ofsted and charities for older and disabled groups appear before Committee

31 October 2017

The Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement will take evidence from Ofsted, a former Ofsted Specialist Adviser, and an assistant head teacher on citizenship education. Representatives from Disability Rights UK, RNIB, Age UK and the Centre of Ageing Better will then give evidence on citizenship and civic engagement for older people and for disabled people.


Wednesday 1 November, Committee Room 3A, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Sean Harford, National Director for Education, Ofsted
  • Scott Harrison, Former Ofsted Specialist Adviser for Citizenship
  • Ryan Mason, Assistant Head Teacher, Addey and Stanhope School, Lewisham

At 11.30am

  • Philip Connolly, Policy and Development Manager, Disability Rights UK
  • Fazilet Hadi, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Advocacy, RNIB
  • Angela Kitching, Head of External Affairs, Age UK
  • Dan Jones, Director of Innovation and Change, Centre of Ageing Better

Possible areas of discussion:

  • What is citizenship education attempting to achieve? What does Ofsted look for in citizenship education? What else should it look for?
  • How would you describe the current state of citizenship education?
  • What does Ofsted look for in terms of British values? Are schools currently doing well at promoting fundamental British values?
  • When is Ofsted planning on next investigating the state of citizenship education?
  • How would you describe the current state of civic engagement amongst disabled people?
  • Do you think that older people have different ideas about citizenship and why it matters than younger generations?
  • What are the main barriers that older people and disabled people face to taking part in volunteering?
  • Do older people and disabled people feel that they have a say in how they are governed?
  • What are the main barriers that older people and disabled people face in taking part in the democratic process?

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