AN independent inquiry is to be launched into the Office for Standards for Education next month by the Commons education select committee.
MPs are anxious to establish the effectiveness of the schools inspectorate and whether it is contributing to the raising of standards. Detailed terms of reference for the investigation are being considered.
The move comes as the Chief Inspector of Schools, Chris Woodhead, nears the end of his contract. It is unclear whether he is to be offered another five-year term.