Education and Skills Committee

9 March 2006

The Work of Ofsted

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, Mr Maurice Smith and colleagues, on Monday 27 March 2006, from 3.45 p.m. in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House.

The Committee welcomes written submissions regarding the work of Ofsted, which should arrive by Tuesday 21 March 2006. 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 in the inquiry with Mr Maurice Smith since he took up the post of HMCI on 3rd January 2006. Submissions may comment on the work of Ofsted generally, including the new frameworks for the inspection of schools and children's services, and the relevant proposals of the Education and Inspections Bill, including the extended role of Ofsted as The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills.

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:

Education and Skills Select Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London  SW1P 3JA

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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.