Black Caribbean pupils in Enfield were nearly seven times more likely to receive a permanent exclusion than the school population as a whole, and were twice as likely to receive a fixed-period exclusion.
A number of reasons for overrepresentation of Black Caribbean pupils in exclusion statistics were suggested by previous researches. These included definitions as to the meaning of racism in schools, teachers’ low expectations and institutional racism, lack of diversity in the school workforce including teachers, educational psychologists and SENCOs, and lack of effective training of staff on multicultural education, diversity and race issues. The research findings also contain a number of important messages for policy makers and schools, including the need to recognise that the disproportionate exclusion of Black Caribbean pupils is a national concern and to develop targeted initiatives to tackle overrepresentation in England’s schools.
Although many black Caribbean young people living in Enfield were born in the borough, they are more likely to live in overcrowding accommodation, experience long tern unemployment or in low paid jobs and overrepresented in the judiciary system.
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