Give white working-class children extra English

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Give white working-class children extra English

Post by JIM CURRAN » Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:43 am

Give white working-class children extra English help to catch up, report says
White working-class children should receive additional help with English so they can catch up with their ethnic minority peers, who are outperforming them in school, according to a new report.

Although English may be their first language, white children from deprived backgrounds are being held back by poor language and literacy skills, the Department for Education study said.

In contrast, ethnic minority children for whom English is an additional language have caught up, and now outperform their classmates partly as a result of interventions to improve their language skills, experts believe.

The study was commissioned in response to growing concern about underachievement in schools among poorer white children, and explores why pupils in some ethnic groups are more resilient to the impact of poverty on educational achievement, compared with white British pupils
http://www.theguardian.com/education/20 ... pupils-dfe

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Re: Give white working-class children extra English

Post by JIM CURRAN » Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:46 pm

Missing Talent
Overview
Every year there are high achievers at primary school, pupils scoring in the top 10% nationally in their Key Stage 2 (KS2) tests, yet who five years later receive a set of GCSE results that place them outside the top 25% of pupils. There are about 7,000 such pupils each year, 15% of all those we term as highly able. We call these pupils our ‘missing talent’ and in this research brief we explore who they are, their routes of study at secondary school and how we might best raise their aspirations and achievements by the age of 16.
http://www.suttontrust.com/researcharch ... ng-talent/

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Re: Give white working-class children extra English

Post by JIM CURRAN » Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:03 am

Poor white families feel 'abandoned', says Wilshaw
White working-class families can feel "abandoned" and "forgotten" by the school system, Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has said.
Poor, white communities needed to be served by better schools and school leaders, he said.
But parents also had a part to play, he said, and when he had been a head teacher he had often wished he could have fined "feckless" parents.
"It's up to heads to be challenging to parents," Sir Michael said.
And that included telling people they were "bad parents" and letting down their children.
Speaking at a Sutton Trust and Education Endowment Foundation summit in London, Sir Michael said the gap between rich and poor could not be narrowed without improvements in the results of disadvantaged white pupils.
"Two-thirds of pupils on free school meals come from white working-class, low-income backgrounds," he said.
"That's the greatest challenge. If we don't resolve that, we're not going to close the gap."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-33350937

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Re: Give white working-class children extra English

Post by kenm » Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:50 pm

JIM CURRAN wrote:Poor white families feel 'abandoned', says Wilshaw
White working-class families can feel "abandoned" and "forgotten" by the school system, Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has said.
Poor, white communities needed to be served by better schools and school leaders, he said.
But parents also had a part to play, he said, and when he had been a head teacher he had often wished he could have fined "feckless" parents.
"It's up to heads to be challenging to parents," Sir Michael said.
And that included telling people they were "bad parents" and letting down their children. ...
For the first two years or so, "Talk to your baby, Sing to your baby, Play with your baby" may be enough. After that, he may be asking them to give their offspring what they lack themselves: a rich vocabulary.

How well do nursery schools fill in this gap? and how many of them introduce the 3- and 4-year olds to print and decoding? Of course, a vocabulary of 100000 words has probably a majority that are rarely or never spoken, so reading is necessary to acquire them.

A summary report here of a study of the influence of "pre-k and kindergarten" suggests that a combination of pre-k and half-time kindergarten improves literacy more effectively than full-time kindergarten and is particularly beneficial for disadvantaged children. It does not describe pre-k in detail but in any case I don't know the content of UK nursery teaching well enough to make a comparison.
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Re: Give white working-class children extra English

Post by JIM CURRAN » Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:26 am

Thanks Kenm for the summary report, it makes for very interesting reading and clearly demonstrates the huge benefits of early intervention, especially for the most disadvantage groups in our community.

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Re: Give white working-class children extra English

Post by JIM CURRAN » Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:50 am

Spending on schemes for disadvantaged children has 'more than halved' in last five years
Spending on schemes aimed at preventing children from disadvantaged backgrounds from falling into cycles of crime and poverty has more than halved over the last five years, new research has revealed.
Critics said the cuts were a false economy as teenagers would be at greater risk of suffering long-term problems in later life.
Early intervention funding, which enables English councils to provide children’s centres, as well as services for teenage pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, has been cut from £3.2bn in 2010 to £1.4bn in 2015.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po ... 70415.html

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Re: Give white working-class children extra English

Post by JIM CURRAN » Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:54 pm

"Children who start school with a high level of development are given harder work and the gap between them and other children just gets bigger. It becomes harder for children on lower tables to move up and they also suffer from low expectations."

What you say makes a lot of sense frances.Any research that I have read seems to show that streaming is detrimental especially for those in the lower groups and the earlier it happens the worse the effects.Children in the lower groups lack what American researchers label OTL ( Opportunities to Learn ) and seldom or ever get the opportunities to move.

I feel that this well known piece of research by Rosenthal and Jacobson, Pygmalion in the Classroom is always worth revisiting.
http://studysites.sagepub.com/newman6st ... nthal1.htm

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