Glaring differences in education and working progress between ethnic groups

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28th December 2016 11:50 - Education

New research carried out by the Social Mobility Commission suggests that there are ‘stark differences’ in progress between ethnic groups in terms of their route through education and in to work.

Whilst poorer white boys are the least likely group to go to university, some other minority groups have higher jobless rates, according to research completed by LKMco and Education Datalab. The research followed students through school, whether they attended college or university, and how what they achieve during this time translates in to jobs.

The conclusions suggest an uneven journey. Whilst white males from poorer backgrounds are the worst performers throughout primary and secondary school, black children are most likely to fail maths GCSE, despite starting school with the same level of maths and literacy as other groups. Black boys also have notably high levels of school exclusion, and are more likely to perform substantially worse than their female peers.

Moving through the education system, only one in ten students from the lowest income white British households go on to university, compared to three in ten black Caribbean children, five in ten Bangladeshis, and seven in ten Chinese students on the lowest incomes.

However, following completion of university, it is young women from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds who are most likely to be worst affected. Despite high success rates throughout education and in terms of going to university, they are less likely to end up in top jobs, and are paid less than women from other ethnic backgrounds, concludes the research.

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