White boys from poor areas least likely to take AS/A levels

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White boys from poor areas least likely to take AS/A levels

Post by JIM CURRAN » Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:21 pm

White boys from poor areas least likely to take AS or A-levels

White boys from poor families in deprived areas face the double disadvantage of poverty and geography that means they abandon education earlier than their peers in better-off areas, according to new research by Oxford University.

The findings, commissioned by the Sutton Trust, reveal the powerful and long-lasting influenceof background in shaping educational outcomes and suggest that income is only partly responsible for the variations in levels of education by different groups.

The research found that just 29% of white working class boys from deprived neighbourhoods in England go on to take A-levels or AS-levels in sixth form, compared with 46% of white boys who came from the same economic background but lived in more affluent areas.
http://www.theguardian.com/education/20 ... says-study

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Re: White boys from poor areas least likely to take AS/A levels

Post by JIM CURRAN » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:25 pm

"The research found that just 29% of white working class boys from deprived neighbourhoods in England go on to take A-levels or AS-levels in sixth form, compared with 46% of white boys who came from the same economic background but lived in more affluent areas."

So while being poor will always be a disadvantage it becomes an even bigger disadvantage if you live in an neighbourhood full of other poor children. Disadvantaged children who attend schools that are full of other disadvantaged children do much worse academically than disadvantaged children who go to schools that are full of their more advantaged peers. It might be fair to assume that the white working class boys in this study, who lived in more affluent areas went to schools that were full of their more advantaged peers.

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Re: White boys from poor areas least likely to take AS/A levels

Post by geraldinecarter » Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:10 am

There are now schools in deprived inner city areas that achieve outstanding results but these are mainly in London with high numbers of black, mixed race children. I've just visited Michaela School - knowledge based, absolutely no frills, Hirsh, Willingham and the US Kipp probably the main influences. Many of the children go there with a RA of only 8 and the results one year on are extraordinary. http://tinyurl.com/owsssol

"Being more enthusiastic about reading and a frequent reader was more of an advantage, on its own, than having well-educated parents in good jobs."

Reading for Change, PISA OECD, 2002

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Re: White boys from poor areas least likely to take AS/A levels

Post by JIM CURRAN » Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:18 am

Thanks Geraldine,it's great to see schools like the Michaela school doing so well but unfortunately educationalists have never been able to replicate these schools on a nationwide basis.In 2000, the Heritage foundation published a report entitled ,'No Excuses', meant to show that high poverty schools can work well. The author proudly declared that he had found not one or two high poverty, high performing schools , but 21 high poverty, high performing schools. Unfortunately these 21 schools were dwarfed by 7,000 high poverty schools identified by the US Department of Education as low performing.

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