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

13 November 2020

The Education Committee will hold a roundtable discussion with school leaders to explore the educational outcomes for white working-class pupils, and how the school system can best support this group. This will be the third session in the Committee’s inquiry into the educational underachievement of disadvantaged white pupils.

Purpose of the session

In this session the Committee is likely to hear first-hand from school leaders and governors about their experience of working with white working-class students. The Committee is also likely to cover how factors external to the education system impact these pupils’ outcomes, and what the impact of the coronavirus pandemic will be.   


Research shows that educational underachievement is complex, and in order to fully understand the causes, the Committee is examining the effects of factors outside school such as the home learning environment, as well as the impact of family and local cultural factors, which have become more prominent during the coronavirus pandemic.  


Tuesday 17 November

At 10am 

  • Claire-Marie Cuthbert, CEO of the Evolve Trust  
  • Nick Hurn OBE, Chief Executive Officer of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust  
  • Clementine Stewart, Local Governing Board Vice Chair for the Langford and Wilberforce Partnership  
  • Helena Mills CBE, Chief Executive Officer of BMAT Education  
  • Andrew Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Learning Pathways Academy  
  • Ruth Robinson, Executive Principal for the Swindon and Nova Hreod Academies  

Further information

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