White British pupils lag behind ethnic minority pupils


A report by the Centre Forum suggests that White British pupils in England make less progress in school compared to other ethnic groups, the BBC has reported.

While ahead at age five, White British pupils slip to 13th place - behind those of Chinese, Indian, Asian and black African heritage - by the time they sit GCSEs at the age of 16.

The study found pupils from Chinese or Indian backgrounds were likely to make the most progress.

According to the report, average performance at the end of secondary school has improved by just over half a GCSE grade since 2005. Primary pupils are also achieving about a fifth of a national curriculum level higher than ten years ago.

However, the analysis suggests that more than 60 per cent of secondary and 40 per cent of primary pupils are failing to reach world-class standards on reading, writing, maths and science, and their performance still falls short of the world's leading countries in education such as Finland and Canada.

Jo Hutchinson, Centre Forum's associate director for education, said: "Most parents actually want their children to continue in education and be successful in education. What sometimes differs is the extent to which they have the knowledge and the tools and resources to help them make that aspiration real.

"We are talking about things such as parents attending parents' evenings at school, talking to their children about subject options, supervising homework, ensuring that the family eats together and has regular bedtimes."