Martin George

Are new GCSE targets having ‘a racist impact’?

Tougher benchmarks have ‘served to maintain black disadvantage’, study finds

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They were the changes designed to tackle the “soft bigotry of low expectations” and expose the schools that ministers said were failing black and ethnic minority pupils.

But now a leading professor of race studies has claimed that the introduction of tougher GCSE benchmarks for schools – aimed at encouraging them to achieve better results – has actually had “a marked regressive and racist impact” that “served to maintain black disadvantage”.

The accusation comes in a paper, “Moving the Goalposts: education policy and 25 years of the black/white achievement gap”, due to be published in the Bri ...

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