Education and Skills Committee

14 October 2005

Forthcoming meetings

The Education and Skills Committee has arranged the following meetings to be held in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House:

CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION        Monday 24 October  at  3.45pm
Evidence from:

Professor Sir Bernard Crick;
Miriam Rosen, Director Education and Scott Harrison HMI, Ofsted; Keith Ajegbo, Headteacher, Deptford Green School; and John Clarke, Deputy Director, Children's Services, Hampshire County Council.

HIGHER EDUCATION                    Wednesday 26 October at 9.30am
Evidence from:

Professor J. Drummond Bone, President, Universities UK.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS    Monday 31 October at 3.45pm
Evidence  from:

Baroness Warnock.

THE AMALGAMATION OF OFSTED AND ALI Monday 31 October Evidence from:                                                 at 4.45pm approx

David Sherlock, Chief Inspector, Adult Learning Inspectorate.

PUBLIC EXPENDITURE     Wednesday 2 November at 9.30am
Evidence from:

Rt hon Ruth Kelly MP, Secretary of State for Education and Skills.

LEARNING AND SKILLS COUNCIL    Monday 7 November at       Evidence from:                                    3.45pm

Chris Banks, Chairman, and Mark Haysom, Chief Executive, Learning and Skills Council.

THE WORK OF OFSTED     Wednesday 9 November at 9.30am
Evidence from:

David Bell, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, and Ofsted officials.

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.