DfE: GCSE and Equivalent Attainment by Pupil Characteristics in England, 2009/10
This Statistical First Release (SFR) provides 2009/10 information on attainment for GCSE and equivalent results by different pupil characteristics, specifically gender, ethnicity, English as a first language, eligibility for free school meals (FSM), special educational needs (SEN) and Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI), at National and LA level. It shows:
* Girls continue to outperform boys - 58.6 per cent of girls in the maintained sector achieved 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent including English and mathematics GCSEs compared to 51.1 per cent of boys.
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These include academic achievement, professional employment, social interactions, parental involvement, curriculum development, assessment issues and so on.
The ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Education Special Interest Group is concerned with these and other related issues. The terms ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ are acknowledged as problematic but are also commonly used and have recognition as relating to issues of colour and cultural racism with which the group will be concerned.
There is a lot of support for this SIG as people feel that ‘race’ and ethnicity issues tend to get subsumed within more general papers concerning policy and pedagogy. We also intend to link up with the journal ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Education as well as BERJ. This will further raise the profile of the SIG and also BERA and it will provide further outlets for researchers’ academic papers.
An argument against a SIG on ‘race’ and ethnicity may be that it could lead to marginalisation. However, the counter position is that of permeation which is at least if not more problematic. We have seen in BERA and also in the school system that permeation can often lead to dissipation and render these issues invisible. Moreover, the...