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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.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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First Report: The forgotten: how White working-class pupils have been let down, and how to change it
Inquiry Left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds
Committees Education Committee
HC 85
Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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3 November 2020
Inquiry Left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds
Witnesses Jonathan Douglas (Chief Executive at National Literacy Trust), and Ed Vainker (Chief Executive Officer at Reach Academy)
Committees Education Committee
Oral Evidence
13 October 2020
Inquiry Left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds
Witnesses Mary Curnock Cook OBE, Professor Becky Francis (Chief Executive at Education Endowment Foundation), and Dr Sam Baars (Director of Research and Operations at The Centre for Education and Youth)
Committees Education Committee
Oral Evidence
19 May 2021
Inquiry Left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds
Committees Education Committee
Oral Evidence
LBP0052 - Left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds
Witnesses Nick Hurn OBE (Chief Executive Officer at Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust)
Committees Education Committee
Written Evidence
LBP0064 - Left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds
Witnesses London and South East Education Group
Committees Education Committee
Written Evidence
LBP0065 - Left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds
Witnesses Barnardo’s
Committees Education Committee
Written Evidence

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