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Left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds

Inquiry

The Education Committee is to investigate the issues faced by disadvantaged groups, with an initial inquiry into the educational underachievement of white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds including white working class pupils.

This inquiry will examine the extent of the achievement gap between this group and their peers and how it is measured, alongside a consideration of the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. It will also look at what the priorities should be for tackling this issue.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

Read an interactive summary of our report published on 22 June 2021.

Work news

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‘Forgotten’ White working-class pupils let down by decades of neglect, MPs say
The Education Committee publishes report on the forgotten: how White working-class pupils have been let down, and how to change it
22 June 2021
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Education Committee to question Chair of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities Dr Tony Sewell
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
13 May 2021
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Ministers questioned on the educational underachievement of white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds
The Education Committee examines the extent of the educational underperformance of disadvantaged white pupils
5 February 2021
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Early years provision and early intervention to be examined
The Education Committee continues its inquiry into left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds with an evidence session on 26 January.
22 January 2021
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Education Committee announces two sessions
The Education Committee is holding a roundtable on access to further and higher education for working-class white pupils. The Committee will also hear from a Department for Education minister to consider the consequences of the lockdown on education and schools.
6 January 2021
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Committee to hold session on the effect of home environment on white working-class educational achievement
Committee to hold its fourth evidence session as part of its inquiry into the educational outcomes of white working-class pupils
27 November 2020
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Committee to hold roundtable on educational outcomes for white working-class pupils
Committee to hold a roundtable discussion with school leaders to explore the educational outcomes for white working-class pupils
13 November 2020
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Impact of place on white working-class pupils and the importance of early years provision examined
Education Committee hears from experts about the impact of regional differences and whether where children live affects life chances
28 October 2020
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Committee to hold session on the educational outcomes for white working-class pupils
Committee to hold its first oral evidence session for the Committee’s inquiry into working class white pupils
9 October 2020
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Inquiry on white disadvantaged pupils launched
Education Committee investigates the issues faced by disadvantaged groups and left behind groups and how they can best be supported
17 April 2020
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Contact us

  • Email: educom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: (General Enquiries) 020 7219 2370 / For all media inquiries please contact Oliver Florence florenceo@parliament.uk / 02072191679 and Nelson Idama idaman@parliament.uk / 0207 219 6585
  • Address: Education Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA