Government publish findings of audit into the impact of ethnicity in schools and other public services
October 20, 2017
Last week the government published the results of an audit into the impact of ethnicity on people’s lives. Theresa May claimed the study was an “essential resource in the battle to defeat ethnic injustice.”
The audit has shed light on the problems facing schools. Ethnicity heavily influences attainment throughout children’s time in education. By the end of key stage two, 84% of Chinese students had achieved the expected standard in writing, compared to 74% of White British students and just 29% of White Gypsy/Roma pupils. At GCSE level, 67% of Asian students attained A* to C in math and English compared to 63% of White students and 59% of Black students. At A-Level, 24% of Chinese students achieved 3 A grades or better compared to 11% of White students and 5% of Black students. The government also publicised the results of older studies, including the troubling fact that Black Caribbean students are permanently excluded at three times the rate of White pupils.
Among the poorest pupils, White students had the weakest attainment at age eleven. 32% of White pupils receiving free school meals reached the expected standard in reading, writing and math at the end of key stage two, compared to 42% of Black students receiving free school meals and 44% of Asian students receiving free school meals.
Schools and governors can find the results of the audit concerning education here. The school’s Analyse School Performance data will also provide a breakdown of the results by ethnicity for your particular school(s). Department of Education advice for schools about their duties under the 2010 Equalities Act is available here.