Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Poverty blamed as white children do worst in Manchester schools
White children are getting worse exam results than any other ethnic group in Manchester, we can reveal today.
New figures show only 42 per cent of white pupils in the city met the government benchmark of five good GCSEs, including maths and English.
That compares with 47pc for black children, 53pc for Asian pupils, and 59pc for Chinese children. Children in the city’s schools who speak English as a second language are also outperforming those who consider it their mother tongue.
The figures mean white children in Manchester are among the lowest-performing in the country. Experts blamed poverty and a culture of 'low expectation' in communities blighted by successive generations of unemployment.
Council education chiefs said the performance of white working-class children was a national as well as local issue – and said poverty, not race, was the most important factor.
The new figures, which refer to average GCSE performance in the four years to 2010, show Manchester is the only place in the north west where white children finish bottom of the pile. Manchester Evening News