BME kids usually perform below the white british level yet the mainsteam media insist that education is a problem for white middle 7 working class students.
The Telegraph reported in February 2012 British children from poorest homes ‘being failed at school’
This is an inaccurate representation – the statistic that form the basis for these reports come from data given on who receives free school meals – only 14% of the school population receive free school meals so 84% are unaccounted for and so data for BME young people isn’t properly represented at all.
Policy reinforces subtle institutional racism as the measuring sticks aren’t relative to BME needs – for instance the governments data in their own equality report shows that academies are failing BME students despite their claims that they are a resounding success and that they will raise standards “across the country”.
Teachers have lower expectations on some BME groups and this is detrimental in the classroom. They underestimate their academic ability and over estimate the chance that they will be disruptive – they are frequently reprimanded for behaving in the same way as their white peers who have gone unpunished.
If we are serious about race equality we need to look at racism in schools – tackling measuring sticks and policies that have disproportionate impact on BME groups