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TREVOR Phillips' logic is not faultless. African-Caribbean pupils who began school achieving 20 per cent above average but at age 16 were 20 per cent below have not just been to school in the interval. They have been growing up. It is worth asking why growing up in England has this effect on African-Caribbean pupils, especially boys, when it is less evident in African and Asian pupils.

Richard Wilkins

27 Spring Gardens

Garston, Hertfordshire

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