A discussion on the ethnic groups education in britain

The increases in the proportion of people with degree level qualifications were more modest for the Bangladeshi and Black African groups at around 15 and 14 percentage points respectively while the smallest improvement was for the White group 13 percentage points.

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Share via Email Ethnic minority pupils often outperform their white peers at school. The Census shows this is no longer the case. However, very few of these gains in education have translated into employment outcomes. Recent arrivals are typically more highly qualified than earlier immigrants and they tend to be younger. Meenakshi Parameshwaran and I used data from the last three censuses to examine the extent of ethnic inequalities in education and how these have changed over time. Historically, ethnic minority groups have been disadvantaged in terms of education and there has been an educational gap between ethnic minority groups and White British people. Some groups may simply have better access to resources than others to enable them to gain qualifications. Cultural reasons such as practices and expectations about family formation may also explain the lower attainment among women, particularly in the Pakistani and Bangladeshi groups. Our analysis of the ethnic group educational gap by age and gender — which is published in the book Ethnic Identity and Inequalities in Britain , released this month — demonstrates these improvements. Policymakers will need to ensure that better education leads to better jobs. Our RSS feed. This is yet another study that shows we have a long way to go to show we are a fair and society where ethnic minorities are able to fulfil their aspirations. A report published by the Department for Education DfE mentioned some possible sources of this resilience. Geography also plays a role, although our work on local ethnic inequalities shows that ethnic inequalities are widespread across the country.

This explains the large educational gap by age within ethnic groups. Omar Khan, acting director of the Runnymede Trust thinktank, said: "This and previous other research has looked at other suggested explanations for why these persistent inequalities exist, but these other factors only explain part of the difference we continue to see between ethnic minorities and white British people today.

Bringing together some of Britain's largest longitudinal surveys, experts at the university defined rates of social mobility through finding the percentage who moved up or down from the occupational class of their father.

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Targeting resources at disadvantaged groups to reduce inequalities in education was seen as integral in achieving improvements in attainment. These differences are greater among ethnic minority women than men, particularly in the Bangladeshi and Pakistani groups.

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Oxford researcher Steve Strand, has argued that pupils' educational aspirations are a key factor in explaining why ethnic minorities from lower socio-economic groups have higher attainment than disadvantaged white pupils at age This article was originally published on The Conversation.

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Still disadvantaged? The educational attainment of ethnic minority groups