Education and Skills Committee

8 November 2005

Special Educational Needs

Monday 14 November 2005, 3.45 p.m. in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Ian Coates, Divisional Manager - Special Educational Needs and Disability; Althea Efunshile, Director - Safeguarding Children Group; and Andrew McCully, Delivery Director for School Standards Group, Department for Education and Skills.  The session is expected to cover the following topics: clarification of SEN policy from DfES, consequences of Schools White Paper for SEN, role of Local Authorities, role of parents, and role of the workforce.

Further Education

Wednesday 16 November 2005, 4.00 p.m. in Committee Room 16, main Committee Corridor

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Sir Andrew Foster on the subject of his review of Further Education colleges.

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.