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Education Committee to question Chair of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities Dr Tony Sewell

13 May 2021

On Wednesday 19 May the Education Committee will question Dr Tony Sewell, Chair of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, as part of its inquiry into left-behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Purpose of the session

The independent Commission published its report in March after being tasked by the Government to review inequality in the UK and examine the causes of persistent disparities between ethnic groups. The report made 24 recommendations for action in four key areas - education and training; employment, fairness at work and enterprise; crime and policing; and health.

The session will be a chance for the Committee to explore some of the findings of the Commission with Dr Sewell, along with Commissioner Martyn Oliver and Professor Steve Strand from the University of Oxford.

The inquiry, part of the Committee’s overall focus on left-behind groups, is examining the extent of the achievement gap between disadvantage white pupils and their peers and what the priorities should be for tackling the issue. Transcripts from previous sessions and written evidence submissions received by the Committee are available here.


Wednesday 19 May at 10am

  • Dr Tony Sewell CBE, Chair - Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities
  • Martyn Oliver, Commissioner – Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities
  • Professor Steve Strand, Professor of Education - University of Oxford

Further information

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