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Call for Evidence

Boys’ attainment and engagement in education

Written submissions could be invited on the following:

  • Why do boys consistently underperform in academic assessment compared to girls throughout the primary and secondary phases of education?
  • What steps are schools currently taking to ensure improve academic outcomes for boys?
  • What recent assessment has been made of the differences in academic attainment between boys and girls?
  • What steps should the Department for Education be taking to improve academic outcomes for boys?
  • How do boys learn best and how can this be integrated into future learning and assessment reforms?
  • What can be done to improve male pupils’ engagement with the school system?
  • How can the UK improve the progression of boys into higher education?
  • What can be done to reduce the exclusion and suspension rates of boys from school?
  • Should different approaches be taken within the classroom to improve male pupil outcomes?
  • What are the wider social implications of boys' underperformance and under engagement with education?


Important information about making a submission 

Please read this section before making a submission. This information is particularly important for people making written submissions in an individual capacity, and about their own lived experience. 

Written evidence must address the terms of reference as set out above, but please note that submissions do not have to address every point. Guidance on giving evidence to a select committee of the House of Commons is available here

Individual cases 

In line with the general practice of select committees the Education Committee is not able to take up individual cases. If you would like political support or advice you may wish to contact your local Member of Parliament.

How your submission will be treated  

The Committee has discretion over which submissions it accepts as evidence, and which of those it then publishes on its website. If your submission is accepted by the Committee, it will usually be published online. It will then be available permanently for anyone to view and may be found online by using search engines. It cannot be changed or removed. If you have included your name or any personal information in your submission, that will normally be published too. Please consider how much personal information you want or need to share.  Your contact details will never be published. 


Decisions about publishing evidence anonymously are made by the Committee. If you would like to ask the Committee to accept your submission anonymously (meaning it will be published but without your name) please tick the box when you make your submission. This lets the Committee know what you would like but the final decision will be taken by the Committee. 

If you would like to request that your submission be published anonymously, then you are responsible for ensuring you cannot be identified from your submission. Please make sure you have not included information that would allow someone to work out who you are.  

We may anonymise or redact some of your submission if it is published, even where you have not requested this.  

Confidential submissions  

The Committee may decide to accept evidence on a confidential basis. Confidential submissions remain available to the Committee but are not published or referred to in public.  

If you would like to ask the Committee to accept your submission confidentially, please tick the box when you make your submission. This lets the Committee know what you would like but the final decision will be taken by the Committee. 

We may treat submissions confidentially, even where you have not requested this.  

Information about other people in your evidence  

If you include personal information about other people in your submission (including your friends and family), the Committee may decide not to publish it. It is advisable to make your submission about your own experiences and to keep information about other people to a minimum. 

Legal cases 

We can’t publish submissions that mention ongoing legal cases. Please do not include details of an ongoing case, or details that are likely to be the subject of future proceedings, in your submission. 


If your evidence raises any safeguarding concerns about you, or other people, then the Committee has a responsibility to raise these with the appropriate safeguarding authority. 

If you have immediate safeguarding concerns about yourself or someone else, we would urge you to contact the Police on 999.


We understand that the issues raised in this work may be sensitive or upsetting. The following organisations may be able to offer support or further information:  

Childline – A free, confidential service for children and young people under 19 for help "with any issue they're going through". 

NSPCC –The NSPCC helpline is staffed by trained professionals who can provide expert advice and support if you have concerns about a child.

Samaritans  Support and guidance for everyone.  Call: 116 123 - 24 hours a day, every day or Email

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