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MPs plan to grill the chief inspector

CHRIS Woodhead can expect a rough ride from MPs when he is called to discuss his annual report next month.

The Commons education select committee wants to receive comments and criticisms on the report so it can fulfil its duty to make the chief inspector answerable to Parliament and the public.

The move is part of new chairman Barry Sheerman's attempts to make the committee more responsive. It follows its report last year whic concluded that the Office for Standards in Education should be more accountable.

The MPs want to hear from teachers, local authorities and other "stakeholders". Mr Sheerman told The TES that Mr Woodhead could expect sharper questioning from MPs. "This isn't supposed to be a tea party," he said.

Mr Woodhead is due to appear before the select committee on March 15. Views on his annual report are requested by March 8.

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