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Top universities face accusations of discrimination

Pupils from state schools and ethnic minorities are less likely to obtain an offer from one of the country’s top universities than their white, privately educated peers even when they achieve the same A-level grades, a study has found.

Research by Durham University that will be published in the British Journal of Sociology in June found that state school pupils needed up to one grade higher than their peers at fee-paying schools to stand the same chance of receiving an offer from members of the Russell Group, the 24 most prestigious universities in the UK.

Dr Vikki Boliver, the author of the study, found that black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi pupils also required up to one grade higher at A-level than their white counterparts to stand the same chance of receiving an offer.

The study looked at 49,000 university applications between 1996 and 2006. The research found state school pupils were as likely to apply to Russell Group universities as their privately educated peers only if they had two higher A-level grades.

“Access … is far from ‘fair’,” Boliver said. “We need not only to continue the widening participation work already being undertaken but also to take a closer look at the admissions process.”

The Russell Group said students from ethnic minorities were more likely to apply for the most competitive courses, such as medicine and economics, which required the highest grades. It said many good students at state schools had not studied the subjects required for its courses.

via Top universities face accusations of discrimination | Education | The Guardian.

Top universities face accusations of discrimination

Pupils from state schools and ethnic minorities are less likely to obtain an offer from one of the countrys top universities than their white, privately educated peers even when they achieve the same A-level grades, a study has found.Research by Durham University that will be published in the British Journal of Sociology in June found that state school pupils needed up to one grade higher than their peers at fee-paying schools to stand the same chance of receiving an offer from members of the Russell Group, the 24 most prestigious universities in the UK.Dr Vikki Boliver, the author of the study, found that black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi pupils also required up to one grade higher at A-level than their white counterparts to stand the same chance of receiving an offer.The study looked at 49,000 university applications between 1996 and 2006. The research found state school pupils were as likely to apply to Russell Group universities as their privately educated peers only if they had two higher A-level grades

via Top universities face accusations of discrimination | Education | The Guardian.

BBC – Learning Zone Class Clips – Racism in schools – PSHE Video

Racism in schools

Duration: 05:04

A young Asian girl gives us an account of how she was the victim of verbal racism and physical bullying in her school. She explains what the bullies subjected her to and what action she took. We also hear poetry written with the intention of making youngsters see that racism is wrong and that inside we are all the same.

Subject: PSHE Topic: Racism

Keywords: racism, poetry, prejudice, race, Human Rights, citizenship

via BBC – Learning Zone Class Clips – Racism in schools – PSHE Video.

More than 87,000 racist incidents recorded in schools

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Nearly 88,000 racist incidents were recorded in Britain’s schools between 2007 and 2011, the BBC has found.

Data from 90 areas shows 87,915 cases of racist bullying, which can include name calling and physical abuse.

Birmingham recorded the highest number of incidents at 5,752, followed by Leeds with 4,690. Carmarthenshire had the lowest number with just 5 cases.

A racist incident is defined as any situation perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.

In response to the local authority figures, obtained under a Freedom of Information request, the Department for Education said racism needed to be “rooted out”.

via BBC News – More than 87,000 racist incidents recorded in schools.