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The left behind; white working-class kids and education

white working class

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.

Related topics: Debates, Uncategorized

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