Pupils from black Caribbean backgrounds are three times more likely to be excluded from school than white pupils, according to a new government report on racial disparity in Britain.
The Racial Disparity Audit, published today, looks at how people from different ethnic backgrounds are treated across different areas of policy, including schools, employment and housing.
As part of the audit, the government has launched a new website, Ethnicity Facts and Figures, which contains thousands of government statistics on the disparities between different ethnic groups.
The study also found that:
- 59% of black pupils achieved A* to C grades in maths and English GCSE in 2015/16 compared to 63% of white pupils, 67% of Asian pupils and 83% of Chinese pupils.
- White British pupils and Mixed White and Black Caribbean pupils were less likely to stay in education in 2014/15, compared to the national average for all pupils (91%)
- 67% of black adults and 63% of Asian adults were employed as of 2016, compared to an average employment rate across all ethnicities of 74%
Speaking at the launch of the audit, prime minister Theresa May said: “I was with a group of young people yesterday at a school in south London and hearing from them, their direct experiences, absolutely tapped into the sort of information that we are seeing in this audit and the impact. It wasn’t just their immediate experience, it was the impact on their aspiration and where they thought their life could go and I think this is really important,
“I think what this audit shows is that there isn’t anywhere to hide. And that’s not just for government, it is for society as a whole actually. The issues are now out in the open and we all have a responsibility to work together to tackle them.”