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Friday, 19th November 2010

UK: What more can we takeaway from the Chinese community?

What more can we takeaway from the Chinese community?
Source: Black Training and Enterprise Group (UK)

British Chinese pupils are setting the benchmark in GCSE’s and could hold the secret to educational success for other ethnic groups, according to the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG).

BTEG has released a new policy briefing paper entitled “What more can we takeaway from the Chinese community?” to raise awareness of the significant level of British Chinese educational success.

Chinese communities place an exceptionally high value on educational attainment and believe that this is a prerequisite for greater social mobility later on in life. According to the 2001 census, 30 percent of the British Chinese post-16 population are full time students compared to a UK average of 8 percent.

This drive for educational attainment also seems to negate the effects of deprivation. The national average for pupils in 2009 who were eligible for free school meals (FSM) and achieved 5+ A*-C GCSE grades including English and Mathematics stands at 26.6 percent. This means that an alarming 3 in 4 pupils are failing to reach the national benchmark that include the curriculum's core subjects. Despite facing the similar disadvantage, it is astonishing that British Chinese pupils who are entitled to FSM achieved 70.8 percent in the same category.

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