Black children still not doing well from the schools system


Black children are still getting a raw deal from the schools system, according to Education Secretary, Michael Gove.

He said for far too long there had been shocking, stubborn gaps in attainment between children from black and ethnic minority backgrounds and their peers.

Figures showed black children had the lowest proportion reaching the required standard in reading, writing, maths and science at seven. They were also three percentage points behind the national average at the age of 11.

At 16, almost three-fifths of all pupils achieved five A* to C grade passes including maths and English - but only around half of black pupils did.  Fewer also achieved two or more A-level passes.

However, the results of academies showed black and ethnic minority pupils outperforming their counterparts in local authority maintained schools.  In addition, mixed race pupils showed a 5.7 percentage point improvement in GCSE results in academies compared to 1.3 percentage points elsewhere.

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