BETRAYAL OF POOR White Pupils; Race Audit Finds Black People Face Widespread Bias; Working Class Boys Fare Even Worse Than Girls; They Fall Behind Every Ethnic Minority at School

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BETRAYAL OF POOR White Pupils; Race Audit Finds Black People Face Widespread Bias; Working Class Boys Fare Even Worse Than Girls; They Fall Behind Every Ethnic Minority at School


Byline: Daniel Martin Policy Editor

WHITE working class pupils are falling behind their ethnic minority counterparts throughout their education, an official audit shows.

Figures released yesterday reveal that poorer white children do worse than black and Asian children in key subjects at infants school - a disparity that continues all the way to GSCE.

And disadvantaged white boys do even worse than white girls. On reading ability for ages five to seven, only 39 per cent met the required standard, compared with 55 per cent of girls.

Statistics show that poorer white children of this age do significantly worse than their ethnic counterparts in all the main attainment tests. Only 46 per cent met the required standard on writing, compared to 62 per cent of poor black children.

White pupils from state schools also had the lowest university entry rate of any ethnic group last year.

The information forms part of Theresa May's ground-breaking racial disparity audit, which also shines a light on how black people face significant disadvantage across swathes of public life.

They have a far greater chance of being arrested than whites and earn an average of around PS2 an hour less.

The statistics also reveal that children from black Caribbean backgrounds are three times more likely to be excluded from school than white children.

Labour MP John Mann said he was shocked by the figures on school attainment for poorer white children.

'This is the biggest issue to face the coun/Race try over the next decade,' he said. 'Working-class white kids are being sold short by the system. White working-class children have become the forgotten people in Britain today. Excluded, underinvested-in and often looked down on by those in positions of power. These children deserve better.' The Prime Minister yesterday launched a massive database - the first of its kind in the world - which covers 130 areas of life across health, education, employment and criminal justice.

It found that white children on free school meals do worse across the age range. Only 32 per cent of white children on free school meals reach the expected standard in reading, writing and maths by the age of 11 - compared with 67 per cent of Chinese pupils and 42 per cent of black youngsters.

And while 79 per cent of Chinese children on free school meals score English and Maths GCSEs at grades A* to C, the figure is only 34 per cent for poor white children.

The figures show that black children are more likely to be permanently excluded than whites. Among black Caribbean children, the rate of expulsion is 0.29 per cent - compared with 0.1 per cent for white children.

Mrs May ordered the huge analysis days after becoming Prime Minister last summer.

Yesterday she told Whitehall, businesses, police and other institutions they have to help ensure race is never a barrier to people achieving their goals in life.

She said much of the information 'has existed for years' but had not been 'looked at through this particular prism'. The PM hailed the audit as a 'world first' but admitted the 'findings would be uncomfortable'. Mrs May said: 'What this audit shows is there isn't anywhere to hide. That's not just for Government, it's for society as a whole. 'Britain has come a long way in promoting equality and opportunity but what the data we've published today shows is we still have a way to go if we are going to truly have a country that works for everyone.' The statistics are on an 'ethnicity facts and figures' website published yesterday. …

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