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.
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
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
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: [email protected]
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
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.