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Left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds: response to the select committee report

The government’s response to the Education Select Committee’s first report of session 2021 to 2022.

The Education Committee published its report, ‘The forgotten: how White workingclass pupils have been let down, and how to change it’ on 22 June 2021.

Natalie Arnett, senior equalities officer at school leaders’ union NAHT, said:

“We need to trust schools to have the conversations with pupils that are right for their contexts and communities. Simplistic diktats like this from central government are unhelpful.”


The Government welcomes the Education Committee report on White workingclass disadvantage following its inquiry which began on 17 April 2020.

This document sets out the Government’s response to the Committee’s report.

They have considered the findings and recommendations of the report carefully and have responded to all the Committee’s recommendations below.

The Committee report did not number its recommendations to set them apart from the Committee’s conclusions but they are identified by italic text in the report.

The numbering of recommendations below is based on the order they appear in the report with the relevant paragraph number in the report outlined underneath in the response.

Government response to Education Committee report “The forgotten: how white working-class pupils have been let down, and how to change it”

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This document is the government response to the recommendations laid out in the Education Select Committee’s report, Left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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