The TES is reporting that Chinese, Bangladeshi and African pupils’ GCSE results show dramatic improvement over the last decade.
Among pupils with Chinese backgrounds, there is only a three percentage point gap between the GCSE results of disadvantaged and advantaged teenagers.
But the gap stands at 32 percentage points among white British pupils, and 46 percentage points among Irish pupils, the Sutton Trust research brief says.
Parental aspirations and cultural attitudes to learning are also likely to play a part: parents’ desire for their children to continue in school after the age of 16 has been shown to have a positive effect on attainment.
Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, praised this strong cultural appreciation of education. However, he added: “It is worrying that there is such a disparity in the achievement of different ethnic groups at GCSE.
“Harnessing that same will to learn that we see in many ethnic-minority groups should be a part of the solution to the low attainment of many boys and girls. We need a more concerted effort with white working-class boys, in particular.”
What do you think the reasons are for the variation in results between ethnic groups? Why are white pupils further behind? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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