Children, Schools and Families Committee

20 November 2007

The Work of Ofsted

The Children, Schools and Families Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills, Christine Gilbert CBE; and colleagues, on Wednesday 12 December 2007, from 9.30 a.m. in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House.

The Committee welcomes written submissions regarding the work of Ofsted, which should arrive by noon on Tuesday 4 December 2007. These submissions will assist the Committee in preparing for the meeting with the Chief Inspector, and may be published alongside the transcript of the meeting.

The session will be the Committee's first meeting with Christine Gilbert since the Committee was formed on 8 November 2007.

Each submission should begin with a short summary in bullet point form. The paragraphs in the text of the submission should be numbered. A guide for written submissions to the Committee may be found on the parliamentary website at:

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to

and an additional paper copy should be sent to:

Children, Schools and Families Select Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London SW1P 3JA

Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet, by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Record Office. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence. Please bear in mind that select committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.