rejected the criticisms contained in the letter, and said Mr Knight had already written to Lord Sutherland and select committee chairman Barry Sheerman in February, explaining "an error" in the way the June meeting had been described.
An independent report on the impact of commercialisation on children has also been published by the DCSF
, which concludes that while there is a need for appropriate safeguards, the media and commercial world can also offer opportunities for learning and social development.
She added: "The permanent secretary of the DCSF
is confident that the proper procedures were followed."
spokesperson said: "We contracted Veredus to run a one-off ad to recruit principals of academies, and have no plans to re-advertise.
The county council says the project is "in the early stages of discussion" with the DCSF
, and two exploratory meetings have been held between senior education officials and governors at the Bedlington pyramid schools.
also revealed the number of appeals that have gone in the parents' favour in our region has more or less stabilised.
Unite/CPHVA, which sits on the DCSF
's Information Advisory Group, fully supports the use of ContactPoint, and professional officer Dave Munday stated: 'The new system will make it easier to share information on child protection cases, note the name of healthcare professionals who have worked with the same family and identify whether a common assessment has been completed.'
He said: "In September a DCSF
official told me that 6,000 papers had been lost so I wonder how many other schools have been affected.
The first return was completed successfully, with very little disturbance to schools, and DCSF
has shown interest in promoting the Mouchel solution to other authorities.
The company added that it was working with the DCSF
to ensure that any change did not impact on the Academy.
A spokesman for Ofsted said: "If a school has failed to meet any of the regulations, DCSF
will contact them and ask them to submit action plans detailing what changes they propose to make in order to ensure that they become compliant.
A third of youngsters (33%) say , according to statistics published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF