White working class boys are schools' worst performing ethnic group by age of 11

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White boys from working-class homes are worse performers in English tests than all other groups by age 11, new figures revealed today.

Ethnic minority pupils from similar backgrounds are not only ahead but are improving more quickly - even though thousands do not speak English at home.

Poor white boys are also among the worst performers in maths and science, according to figures published by the Department for Childen, Schools and Families.

The figures will renew concerns over the prospects of white boys from poor homes amid fears many will be shut out of university and top jobs.

Christine Gilbert, the chief inspector of schools and head of Ofsted, warned last year their futures are 'blighted' by low attainment as other groups forge ahead.

The education watchdog called on schools to provide father figures for working-class boys who lack them at home.

The new figures also confirmed fears that the number of pupils gaining top grades in their SATs - a higher level than the Government's expected standard - is declining.

'For all the promises the Government have made, standards are still too low, and all too often it is pupils from the poorest backgrounds who suffer most,' said Shadow Schools Minister Nick Gibb.

The figures released today showed that just over half of white boys on free school meals - 56 per cent - achieved the expected 'level four' in English SATs last year.

For black African boys from similar backgrounds, the pass rate was 60 per cent and for black Caribbean boys it was 62 per cent.

Pakistani boys gained a pass rate of 63 per cent, 68 per cent for Bangladeshi, 74 per cent for Indian and 76 per cent for Chinese.

For youngsters from mixed backgrounds, the figure was 59 per cent.

Most groups, including Indian, Pakistani, black and Chinese pupils, improved their results more quickly than white boys.

Similar disparities are also apparent among girls, though the trend is not as marked.

The proportion of high-achieving pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds is either stalling or falling back in all three core subjects.'

Ministers put the best face on the figures, insisting that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds were, as a group, catching up with their wealthier peers, and improving at a quicker rate than last year.

But opposition politicians described the stats as 'shameful'.

The figures also confirmed that the proportion of pupils achieving the higher 'level five' is declining, from 33 per cent to 29 per cent in English, and 32 per cent to 31 per cent in maths.

Mr Gibb added: 'These figures flag up a worrying new trend. The proportion of high-achieving pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds is either stalling or falling back in all three core subjects.'

Schools Minister Sarah McCarthy-Fry said: 'It is encouraging to see that children on free school meals are catching up with their peers who are not on free school meals at twice the rate they were in 2007.

'We are working hard to accelerate this rate of progress through programmes such as Every Child Counts, which has seen pupils make a year’s progress in just three months when given intensive support and Every Child a Reader which ensures early intervention and provide targeted support to children in danger of falling behind.' continues here

Is it any wonder, any wonder that white boys see no point in study, what have you left them to work towards, what future have you created, service jobs need little in educational aptitude, little in the way of intellect. You have destroyed us, killed all we were and taken our futures, will exam results change that, will educational attainment ever truly now, make a difference. In any case there has been a “dumbing down”, perhaps to meet certain needs, to aid certain others, everywhere we hear, “exams are easier”, yet even so, they gain our children little, our male children least of all.

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