Clause 88

Part of Education and Skills Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 28 February 2008.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools) 2:15, 28 February 2008

I beg to move amendment No. 128, in clause 88, page 52, line 2, at end insert—

‘(2A) Any such other evidence referred to in subsection (2)(B) must be made available to the independent educational institution.’.

Clause 88(2) contains a phrase that is of concern. Paragraph (a) states that in coming to a decision the inspector must take into account

“the findings of any inspection carried out under section 87”,

but paragraph (b) then states that the inspector must also take into account

“any other evidence relating to the independent educational institution standards.”

The amendment would ensure transparency because Ofsted would have to make such evidence available to the school. Again, it is a probing amendment, and if the Minister could provide a little more light on the meaning of that phrase, to alleviate any concerns that might exist in the independent sector, that would be very helpful.