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Ministers questioned on the educational underachievement of white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds

5 February 2021

The Education Committee session is likely to cover the extent of the educational underperformance of disadvantaged white pupils and the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. It also explores the influences of factors such as the home environment and regional inequalities and the Government’s policies on early years provision.


Tuesday 9 February, virtual meeting

At 10am

  • Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards
  • Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families

The Committee’s inquiry has previously heard from policy experts, teachers and school leaders, and children’s charities and the session will be a chance to raise the evidence heard with the Ministers.

In the second part of the session from around 11am, Vicky Ford also faces wider questions from across her brief during a general accountability hearing. She could be asked about early years, the Government’s SEND review and children’s social care.

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