The Work of the Committee in 2008-09 - Children, Schools and Families Committee Contents


Annex: Session 2008-09 Committee Sessional Return entry

Children, Schools and Families

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The Committee was nominated by the House of Commons on 8 November 2007.
Members

Sheerman, Mr Barry (Chairman)

Brooke, Annette

Buck, Ms Karen (added 2.11.09)

Butler, Ms Dawn (discharged 26.1.09)

Carswell, Mr Douglas

Chaytor, Mr David

Heppell, Mr John (discharged 29.6.09)

Hodgson, Mrs Sharon

Holmes, Paul

Mactaggart, Fiona

Pelling, Mr Andrew

Slaughter, Mr Andy (discharged 2.11.09)

Southworth, Helen (added 29.6.09)

Stuart, Mr Graham

Timpson, Mr Edward

Twigg, Derek (added 26.1.09)

Waltho, Lynda

Overall Attendance:

Meetings attended

51 out of 51

41 out of 51

1 out of 3

0 out of 8

15 out of 51

37 out of 51

27 out of 36

6 out of 51

35 out of 51

34 out of 51

19 out of 51

14 out of 48

11 out of 15

36 out of 51

36 out of 51

26 out of 43

3 out of 51

54.9 %

Total number of meetings: 51

Of which:
Number of meetings at which oral evidence was taken 33
Number of times oral evidence was taken partly or wholly in private 0
Number of wholly private meetings 18
Other activities
Informal meetings (including meetings with overseas visitors) 7

Staff

Details of the permanent staff of the Committee during the Session can be found in the Committee's publications.

Specialist Advisers during the Session

Mr John Coughlan CBE, Professor Brian Fidler, Professor John Gray, Professor Bob Hudson, Professor Christine Pascal OBE, Dame Gillian Pugh, Professor Peter Roberts OBE, Teresa Smith, Professor Alan Smithers, Professor Kathy Sylva OBE, Mr Tony Travers, Dr Sharon Vitali, Professor Geoff Whitty and Professor Dylan Wiliam.

Witnesses
Oral evidence was given during the Session by the following categories of witnesses:
Number of appearances by:
Cabinet Ministers6
Other Ministers8
Members of the House of Lords (of whom 1 was also a Minister) 3
Members of the House of Commons 2
Number of appearances by officials from, or representatives of:
Department for Children, Schools and Families 8
Department of Health 1
Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) 1
Children's Workforce Development Council 1
General Teaching Council 4
Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) 3
Partnerships for Schools 1
11 Million (Office of the Children's Commissioner) 1
Training and Development Agency for Schools 1
Appearances by other witnesses 104

Overseas Visits
DateDestination MembersStaff PurposeCost
10-15.5.09New York and Washington DC Sheerman, Brooke, Chaytor, Heppell, Holmes, Mactaggart, Stuart 2Inquiries into School Accountability and Training of children and families social workers £41,072.74

Visits to European Institutions

None.

UK Visits
DateDestination MembersStaff PurposeCost
30.7.09YorkA Sheerman0 National Science Learning Centre £132.60

A Travel in a representative capacity

Reports and Oral and Written Evidence
TitleHC No. (2008-09) Date of publication Government reply
First Report: Public Expenditure 467.1.09 Received 24.3.09: published as Second Special Report Session 2008-09
Second Report: The Work of the Committee in 2007-08 4727.1.09 Not required
Third Report: Looked-after Children 111-I20.4.09 Received 18.6.09: published as Fourth Special Report Session 2008-09
Oral and Written Evidence: Looked-after Children 111-II20.4.09 Not applicable
Fourth Report: National Curriculum 344-I2.4.09 Received 4.6.09: published as Third Special Report Session 2008-09
Oral and Written Evidence: National Curriculum 344-II2.4.09 Not applicable
Fifth Report: Allegations Against School Staff 69516.7.09 Received 22.9.09: published as Fifth Special Report Session 2008-09
Sixth Report: Policy and delivery: the National Curriculum tests delivery failure in 2008 20523.7.09 Received 8.10.09: published as Sixth Special Report Session 2008-09
Seventh Report: Training of Children and Families Social Workers 527-I30.7.09 Awaited
Oral and Written Evidence: Training of Children and Families Social Workers 527-II30.7.09 Not applicable
Eighth Report: Appointment of the Children's Commissioner for England 998-I19.10.09 Not required
Oral and Written Evidence: Appointment of the Children's Commissioner for England 998-II20.10.09 Not applicable
First Special Report: The Draft Apprenticeships Bill: Government Response to the Committee's Fourth Report of Session 2007-08 25918.2.09 Not applicable
Second Special Report: Public Expenditure: Government Response to the Committee's First Report of Session 2008-09 40527.4.09 Not applicable
Third Special Report: National Curriculum: Government Response to the Committee's Fourth Report of Session 2008-09 64516.6.09 Not applicable
Fourth Special Report: Looked-after Children: Government Response to the Committee's Third Report of Session 2008-09 78729.6.09 Not applicable
Fifth Special Report: Allegations Against School Staff: Government Response to the Committee's Fifth Report of Session 2008-09 10002.11.09 Not applicable
Sixth Special Report: Policy and delivery: the National Curriculum tests delivery failure in 2008: Government Response to the Committee's Sixth Report of Session 2008-09 10372.11.09 Not applicable
Oral and Written Evidence: The Work of Ofsted 7013.5.09 Not applicable
Oral and Written Evidence: Sustainable Schools and Building Schools for the Future 19230.4.09 Not applicable
Oral Evidence: The Work of the Department for Children, Schools and Families 232-i19.5.09 Not applicable
Oral Evidence: Early Intervention 327-i4.6.09 Not applicable
Oral Evidence: Child Health Strategy 356-i&-ii3.7.09 Not applicable
Oral Evidence: The Protection of Children in England: Lord Laming's Progress Report 379-i21.5.09 Not applicable
Oral and Written Evidence: Diversity of School Provision 4325.5.09 Not applicable
Oral Evidence: Social Mobility 624-i22.7.09 Not applicable
Oral Evidence: Academies 831-i6.10.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: School Accountability 353-i18.3.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: School Accountability 353-ii3.4.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: School Accountability 353-iii24.4.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: School Accountability 353-iv6.5.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: School Accountability 353-v8.5.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: School Accountability 353-vi13.7.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Teacher Training 369-i24.3.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Teacher Training 369-ii22.4.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Teacher Training 369-iii1.5.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Teacher Training 369-iv11.6.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Teacher Training 369-v19.6.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Sure Start Children's Centres 799-i6.11.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Sure Start Children's Centres 799-ii11.11.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Elective Home Education 999-i15.10.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Elective Home Education 999-ii16.10.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Public Expenditure 1043-i26.10.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: 21st Century Schools White Paper 1044-i26.10.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Early Years Single Funding Formula 106529.10.09 Not applicable
Written Evidence published on the Internet: Young People not in education, employment or training (NEETs) 9.2.09 Not applicable
Written Evidence published on the Internet: School Accountability 6.5.09 Not applicable
Written Evidence published on the Internet: Teacher Training 12.5.09 Not applicable
Written Evidence published on the Internet: Elective Home Education 3.11.09 Not applicable

Government replies to Reports for Session 2007-08

Reply to the Committee's Fourth Report: The Draft Apprenticeships Bill, received 10.2.09 and published as the Committee's First Special Report, Session 2008-09.

Formal Minutes

The Formal Minutes of the Committee were published electronically after each meeting of the Committee. They are available on the Committee's website at http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/csf.cfm

Divisions
DateSubject
11.3.09One, on an Amendment to the Question that the Chairman's draft Report on National Curriculum be read a second time.

Debates

Committee reports were debated on one occasion in the House of Commons. Uncorrected Oral Evidence was tagged on the Order Paper as being relevant to a debate in the House of Commons on one occasion. Further details can be found in the Committee's Sessional Report.

Number of oral evidence sessions for each inquiry during the Session
InquiryNumber of oral evidence sessions
21st Century Schools White Paper 1
Academies1
Allegations Against School Staff 1
Child Health Strategy 2
Early Intervention 1
Early Years Single Funding Formula 1
Elective Home Education 2
Looked-after Children 1
National Curriculum Tests 3
Pre-Appointment Hearing: Children's Commissioner for England 1
Public Expenditure 2009 1
School Accountability 6
Social Mobility1
Sure Start Children's Centres 2
Sustainable Schools and Building Schools for the Future 1
Teacher Training5
The Protection of Children in England: Lord Laming's Progress Report 1
The Work of Ofsted 2
The Work of the Department for Children, Schools and Families 1
Training of Children and Families Social Workers 4
Total38A

AOn five occasions the Committee's meeting comprised two separate oral evidence sessions. Therefore, the total in this table does not match the figure given earlier for the number of meetings at which oral evidence was taken.


 
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