Children, Schools and Families Committee

29 April 2008


Oral Evidence Session

The Children, Schools and Families Committee will be taking formal oral evidence as follows:

Wednesday 7 May 2008 at 9.30am
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Evidence from: Professor Francis Green, Professor of Economics, University of Kent; and Chris Parry CBE, Chief Executive, Independent Schools Council.

Followed by at approximately 10.45am:
Evidence from: Patrick Derham, Headmaster, Rugby School; and
Stephen Patriarca , Headmaster, William Hulme's Grammar School - Academy, Manchester.

This session follows on from the one held on 30 January which looked broadly at the effects of diversity in school provision and what is known about the characteristics of different types of schools in terms of performance, intake and other related issues. It also stems from meetings held on 25 February and 12 March which focussed on academies and faith schools respectively.

The purpose of this meeting is to examine links between independent and maintained schools and assess the relative merits of different means of encouraging such links, including school partnerships and involvement in the academies and trust school programmes.

The session will also be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee rooms and timings are subject to change.