An investigation is to be carried out to try to work out why Leicester’s white working class and African heritage children are underperforming at school. City councillors are concerned that pupils from these two groups in particular are not achieving as much as their classmates. Parents and teachers will be questioned as part of the attempt to pin down the causes of underperformance. Leicester City Council’s children, young persons and schools scrutiny committee is to establish a special panel which hopes to find ways locally of tackling the issues. Committee chairman coun Mohammed Dawood said: “This is a major problem nationally and we know we are not going to solve it but we can start to see what we might be able to do to address it. “It’s an age old problem and there are all sorts of reasons for it – indicators of deprivation, communities, role models, aspiration – and we need to start looking at these in detail.” The council says the … [Read more...] about White working class kids are struggling at Leicester schools
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I read recently migrant pupils’ thirst for learning can be infectious. Motivation at schools was also found to be considerably higher in London thanks to the higher number of immigrants. London, I read, has fewer British born people and more foreign born people living there. HM Chief Inspector of Education Amanda Spielman stated, “the white working class communities may lack the aspirations and drive seen in many migrant communities”. Why then does the education system not give extra tuition to the white working class pupils who are slower learners? I am quite sure they should be looking into the barriers that prevent white working class pupils from reaching their full potential. I am not blaming the teachers and mean no offence to migrant pupils.P O’Connor Blackpool … [Read more...] about Why don’t schools help underperforming white working class pupils?
Vice Chancellor of the UEA David Richardson. Picture: UEA UEA A Norwich university has launched a campaign to reduce barriers in education for white working class boys. The University of East Anglia (UEA) has started its He Can We Can drive, which will include a mentoring scheme, events to encourage disadvantaged boys into sectors such a health and a conference bringing together experts who hope to tackle low male aspirations. It comes after the government called on universities in 2016 to increase participation in higher education for white working class boys. UEA’s vice-chancellor professor David Richardson, who grew up near Newcastle, said as a teenager he felt university wasn’t for him. “At one point as a teenager I was someone who wasn’t doing that well at school and was probably destined to leave school at 16 but I could see the opportunities a university education brings and I turned things around,” he said. “Unfortunately, the low … [Read more...] about Norwich university launches drive to reduce education barriers for white working class boys
Children from white working class families can the "lack the aspiration and drive" of migrant communities, the Chief Inspector of schools has said. Amanda Spielman said that schools in white working class areas tend to get worse inspection reports, adding that this “shouldn’t surprise us”. She cited analysis from the Department for Education (DfE) which showed that schools in these areas struggle to recruit teachers and have challenges with capacity. Speaking on Thursday at the Wellington College Festival of Education in Berkshire, Ms Spielman said there is “no doubt” that schools in white working class communities have a “harder job to do than others”. She told delegates: “We can’t pretend that Ofsted judgements are not lower in certain areas – many of them with a high proportion of white working class children. Many local working class communities have felt the full brunt of economic dislocation in recent … [Read more...] about White working class children ‘lack aspiration and drive’ of migrant communities, says Ofsted chief
From Edward Bond’s generation of working-class writers to the flowering of companies that relied on enterprise allowance in the 1980s, theatre is often at its best when there is a broadening in the backgrounds of those who are making it. The majority of artistic directors, producers and chief executives in British theatre are still white, privately educated men. A hugely disproportionate number of directors, writers and actors come from privileged backgrounds. Theatre has long been the development ground for TV and film so what can seem like a parochial discussion about representation in theatre actually affects the ability of our country to see and shape itself. Debate around class in the arts still draws on middle- and upper-class stereotypes of working-class life. Just like the conversation around ethnic diversity, we are often talked about rather than talked to. What is weird is the way that working-class artists talk about ourselves: our conversations always seem to begin … [Read more...] about The arts world sees working-class people as a problem to be solved