MPs plan to grill the chief inspector

18th February 2000 at 00:00
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.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today