06 May 2020
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.
Terms of reference
The Committee is inviting submissions on the following questions:
The extent of underachievement for white pupils who are eligible for FSM (free school meals), and how well the DfE’s statistics (including Progress 8 measures) capture that
The variation within the cohort of white pupils who are eligible for FSM (including regional variation, and variation between the five specific ethnic groups that sit under the broad ‘White’ category), and how well the DfE’s statistics capture that
The principal factors that contribute to this underachievement, with reference to:
- The availability and quality of early years provision
- The role of place (reflecting regional variations)
- The home learning environment
- The impact of role models
The effects of COVID-19 on this group
The impacts of this underachievement, both for individuals and for communities
Priorities for the Government in terms of tackling this issue, with reference to:
- The value of locally-tailored solutions, including youth groups and community organisations
- The school system
The BPS is reliant upon the expert psychological expertise of our members in order to provide evidence based responses to a whole range of stakeholders including Government departments and Policy decision makers.
Send your comments to [email protected] using the response form.
The deadline for responses is the end of play on Monday 25 May.