The left behind; white working-class kids and education

There have always been concerns about children from poor and marginalised communities underperforming at school. While conventional wisdom held that ethnic minorities were at a disadvantage, it is now white, working-class kids who are falling behind. According to the CentreForum think-tank, white working-class children are thirteenth in the table of highest-achieving groups at age 16, behind those of Chinese, Indian, Asian and black African heritage. Do we have a problem with white working-class kids? If so, who is to blame?

The speakers are: Tarjinder Wilkinson, Neil Davenport and Rowenna Davis. The chair is Niall Crowley.