ITV is reporting that children who are poor, white and working class are bottom of the class and will remain there unless there is a major overhaul of education, according to a major report by a think tank.
The study by think tank ResPublica, was commissioned by Knowsley Council in Merseyside, and it states that of all children from disadvantaged backgrounds, white British children were least likely to do well in school.
The report authors say that while the study focuses on the area, change is needed nationally, from how pupils are encouraged to achieve, to how schools are funded and run at local and national levels.
Director of ResPublica Phillip Blond said: “For too long white working class children have been left behind by an education system which is not working properly.
“With a new education secretary we have the chance to implement change, not only in Knowsley where we know that improvements need to be made but across the whole of the country.
“Re-introducing grammar schools is potentially a transformative idea for working class areas where there are little or no middle classes to game the admission system.
“We know that selection improves the performance of those white working class children selected – the trouble is too few of them are. We recommend that new grammars in the first instance are exclusively focused on the needs of white working class children.”
Do you agree that out of disadvantaged students, it is the white working class that are worse off? Do you think grammar schools would help with this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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