Select Committee on Education and Skills Second Report

Education and Skills Committee

The Education and Skills Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Education and Skills and its associated public bodies.

Current Membership

Mr Barry Sheerman MP ( Labour, Huddersfield) (Chairman)
Mr John Baron MP (Conservative, Billericay)
Mr David Chaytor MP (Labour, Bury North)
Valerie Davey MP (Labour, Bristol West)
Jeff Ennis MP (Labour, Barnsley East & Mexborough)
Paul Holmes MP (Liberal Democrat, Chesterfield)
Ms Meg Munn MP (Labour, Sheffield Heeley)
Mr Kerry Pollard MP (Labour, St Albans)
Jonathan Shaw MP (Labour, Chatham and Aylesford)
Mr Mark Simmonds MP (Conservative, Boston & Skegness)
Mr Andrew Turner MP (Conservative, Isle of Wight)

The Committee is one of the departmental select committees, the powers of which are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders, principally in S.O. No.152. These are available on the Internet via

The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications of the Committee (including press notices) are on the Internet at

All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk of the Education and Skills Committee, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general inquiries is: 020 7219 1376/6181. The Committee's e-mail address is:

In the footnotes of this Report, references to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question number. References to written evidence are indicated by the page number as in 'Ev 12'.


We met with Mr Mike Tomlinson, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, Miss Elizabeth Passmore and Mr David Taylor (both Directors of Inspection) on 13 March 2002 to discuss the Annual Report on Standards and Quality in Education for 2000-01. This meeting is an annual event and was Mr Tomlinson's last appearance before us, as he concludes his term of office in April 2002.

Our discussions touched on a range of issues, some of which will be pursued in greater depth through future inquiries.

The report highlights some of these areas and offers our recommendations to OFSTED and the Department for Education and Skills.

We welcome the positive tone of the Annual Report and the oral evidence. It was clear that through the effort commitment of pupils, teachers and parents, much is being achieved in our schools that is to be celebrated. Significant challenges remain before we can be assured that all children and young people receive the educational experience that they need and deserve.

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