I went to a secondary school that was failing, and while I was there only 11% of pupils gained 5 A*-C. This report really resonates with my experience of school, and why I’m committed to making sure the Government does everything it can to make sure everybody gets a decent start in life with a good quality education.
The report finds that:
At GCSE, in 2019, 18% of white British pupils on free meals achieved grade 4 in English and maths, compared with 23% for the average for pupils on free meals.
University entry - 16% of white British pupils on free meals get places, compared with 59% of black African pupils on free meals, 59% of Bangladeshi pupils on free meals and 32% of black Caribbean pupils on free meals.
The idea of "white privilege" in education was rejected. The report suggests schools should consider whether using this terminology was consistent under the Equality Act 2010.
All the Labour MPs on the Select Committee voted against the report.
Well done to the Education Select Committee for pushing ahead with this report and highlighting the challenges that many pupils face. Now we must act.
You can read the full report via the link below