Select Committee on Education and Skills Fourth Report


The Education and Skills Committee took oral evidence in public from Mr David Bell on 8 May 2002, shortly after he took up his appointment as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools.

The Report reviews previous recommendations of the Education and Skills Committee and its predecessor select committee concerning a greater role for Parliament on the appointment of HMCI.

After a description of the process that led to appointment of Mr Bell, his qualifications and career are set out briefly. There follows a survey of issues covered in his oral evidence, including early years, the burden of inspection, self-evaluation, composition of inspection teams, supply teachers, combatting racism and inspecting special schools.

The Committee recommends that the appointment of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools should be subject to parliamentary approval.

The Committee calls for a debate on this Report, with its two previous Reports this Session on The Work of OFSTED and on Standards and Quality in Schools: the Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools for 2000-01.

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