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MPs scrutinise underperformance in education of white working class children

4 December 2013

The Education Committee begins its inquiry into underperformance in education of white working class children on Wednesday 4 December.


Wednesday 4 December, The Wilson Room, Portcullis House  

At 9.30am

  • Dr Feyisa Demie, Head of Research and Statistics, Lambeth Borough Council
  • Julian King-Harris, Head of School Improvement and Standards, Slough Borough Council
  • Professor David Gillborn, Professor of Critical Race Studies, Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Education, University of Birmingham
  • Dr John Jerrim, Lecturer in Economics and Social Statistics, Institute of Education

At 10.30am

  • Professor Becky Francis, Professor of Education and Social Justice, King's College London
  • Loic Menzies, Director, LKMco
  • Jenny North, Director of Policy and Strategy, Impetus-The Private Equity Foundation
  • Professor Robert Plomin, Professor of Behavioural Genetics, King's College London

Purpose of the session

The Committee will explore with the first panel of witnesses the nature and extent of white working class underachievement, including how this should be measured, regional differences, variation of gender, and international comparisons

The second panel is intended to provide an opportunity to discuss the relative importance of factors that may contribute to white working class underachievement, including aspirations, attitudes, culture behaviour, home environment, genetics, economic deprivation, and the school system in general.

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