NI achievement gap

1st October 2010 at 01:00

A team of headteachers and academics is to investigate educational under-achievement among working class children in Northern Ireland. The focus will be on the Protestant disadvantaged who have a 10 per cent chance of going to university. Independent East Belfast MLA Dawn Purvis said: "I have, for some time, been shocked at our collective failure to address educational under-performance, particularly within Protestant working-class districts." More than three quarters of schools performing lower than expected were in the Protestant sector, mainly clustered in Belfast, she said. "Our focus must be on finding practical, creative ways forward within a tight public spending environment."

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