School exclusions show racial bias

School exclusions show racial bias


Written by: Ryan Erfani-Ghettani

A new report shows that black and minority ethnic children are far more likely to be permanently excluded from schools.

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner has warned that schools are failing their Black and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils, among others. The findings are published in a report, They Go The Extra Mile, which is based on the findings of a national inquiry held between August and December 2012.

Data submitted to the inquiry by key stakeholders in the field has shown that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils are four times more likely to be permanently excluded from schools, while Black Caribbean pupils are over three times more likely than other pupils. The inquiry found that, while some schools are going ‘the extra mile’ to support the diverse needs of their pupils, others are failing to address the specific needs of pupils from certain backgrounds. According to Maggie Atkinson, the Children’s Commissioner for England, certain schools see catering for the needs of their BME pupils as an ‘optional extra’.

Excluded children are far more likely to get into trouble with the law and less likely to gain employment … Children who need support to meet behavioural and academic expectations should be given it. They should not be written off because of their background.

They Go The Extra Mile recommends that schools pay heed to best practice on managing the needs of the most frequently excluded groups.

Related links

The report, They Go The Extra Mile, can be downloaded here

Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England

The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.

4 thoughts on “School exclusions show racial bias

  1. Britain is a home of institutional racism. Brits hate each other and hate all foreigners. What do you expect from them? Muslims have been victim of Paki-bashing for the last 50 years and now they are victim of terrorism. Thousands of Muslim youths are being searched in the streets without any excuse. They also suffer discrimination in work place. British schooling is the home of institutional racism. Muslim children are victim of racism in schools. British teachers are chicken racists. They are not role models for Muslim children during their developmental periods.

    Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. There are hundreds of state and church schools where Muslim children are in majority. In my opinion, all such schools may be opted out as Muslim Academies.

  2. Iftikhar, you yourself sound staggeringly racist. Where are the non Muslim children, excluded from these schools where there is a Muslim majority, supposed to go? “There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school” I’d say there is no place for people with bigoted views in the state system. There are plenty of Muslim schools, send your children there if you cannot bear to mix with us.

  3. Added to which, you completely failed to engage with the article, which is about the school system failing children from Gypsy and Black Caribbean backgrounds. Instead, you pushed your own agenda. Of course there is discrimination against Muslims and others in this country. Going from there to saying that children who are not Muslim should be excluded from their own schools is one huge jump too far. People who want a specifically religious education (of any denomination), should seek specifically religious schools. Not attempt to subvert the state system to their own ends. The fact that my children go to a community school where all faiths are respected, and assemblies are held to celebrate the customs of each, is of huge value to me. My children’s school is a tolerant and loving place where respect for all is paramount.

  4. Yes british schools are institutionally racist. I worked in one. The racism is mainly directed towards south Asians such as Pakistani and Indians. Teachers are a cowardly specimen. When I was a student in school I was bullied and harassed by my Irish Mathematics teacher. He is now a head teacher. Who knows what strings hes pulling now. I feel like I should have reported the bullying fairly early. At the time I didn’t realise it was abuse. Iftikhar is right, most brits hate each other, but they’ll all gang up a minority if given the chance.

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