Disadvantaged young white boys 'at risk' to far right organisations says schools' adviser

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DISADVANTAGED young white males in Birmingham are “potentially at risk” of being recruited by far right organisations, according to a leading schools’ adviser.

Karamat Iqbal, school effectiveness adviser for Birmingham City Council, was one of the guest speakers at a conference held at Birmingham’s NEC to discuss the rising problem of underachieving young white boys in UK schools.

Mr Iqbal, who has written two reports on the subject, said both white boys and white girls from less well-off back grounds are potentially at risk to the “negative attitudes” of extremists.

In one of his studies, Underachievement of White Disadvantaged Pupils in Birmingham, Mr Iqbal showed there was a correlation in a child from a white British working class background not attaining high grades at GCSE level and the voting patterns of the neighbourhood.

Using figures from the 2004 local election, areas like Longbridge and Sheldon which had a higher percentage of votes for far right parties, were the same communities suffering from low GCSE passes among white children.

But, Mr Iqbal praised the effectiveness of city’s schools in combating the possibility of youngsters turning to such groups. continues here

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