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Committee to hold session on the educational outcomes for white working-class pupils

9 October 2020

On Tuesday, the Education Committee will hold its first oral evidence session for the Committee’s inquiry into working class white pupils, exploring this group’s educational underachievement, and what can be done to improve it.

Purpose of the session

The session will give Members the opportunity to speak to experts regarding the challenges facing these pupils. Members are likely to ask witnesses for their reflections on; the extent of the achievement gap between disadvantaged white pupils and their peers, the key challenges facing white working-class pupils and what the Government’s priorities should be in tackling this issue.

The average attainment 8 score for white boys eligible for free school meals in the 2018 GCSEs was 28.5, compared to a national average of 46.5.

Following this initial inquiry into the educational underachievement of white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, the Committee will go on to investigate issues faced by other disadvantaged groups.


Tuesday 13th October

At 10am

Panel 1

  • Professor Lee Elliot Major OBE, Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter
  • Professor Diane Reay, Emeritus Professor of Education, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent

At 11am

Panel 2

  • Professor Becky Francis, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation
  • Mary Curnock Cook OBE
  • Dr Sam Baars, Director of Research and Operations, Centre for Education and Youth

Further information

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