Underachievement in Education by White Working Class Children inquiry

23 July 2013

The Education Committee announces an inquiry into underachievement in education by white working class children.

Submissions are welcome on the following points:

  • The extent of white working class pupils’ educational underachievement.
  • The factors responsible for white working class pupils’ educational underachievement, including the impact of home and family.
  • Whether the problem is significantly worse for white working class boys than girls.
  • What steps schools can take to improve the educational outcomes and attainment of white working class pupils.
  • The potential for a wider range of educational approaches, for example vocational pathways, to improve outcomes for white working class pupils.  
  • What role Government can play in delivering improved educational outcomes for white working class pupils.

The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines below by midday on 30 September 2013.

As a guideline submissions should be no longer than 3000 words.

Submissions should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should, if possible, include an executive summary.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or by making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

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