Wokingham council grilled for racial disparity in school exclusions
Wokingham council has been criticized for the disproportionate number of exclusions for black and mixed race children compared to white children in area schools.
The issue was raised by Shirley Boyt, a Labor adviser, who pressed the member of the Wokingham Borough Council children’s services executive on the issue.
Cllr Boyt said, âIn March of this year, The Guardian released a report revealing a huge disparity in school exclusions between black and mixed race children compared to their white peers.
âResearch conducted by the Runnymede Trust has shown that exclusion has a detrimental impact on children, making them vulnerable to exploitation and with reduced life chances.
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âThe report found that in Wokingham, the country’s biggest disparity was 12.8%, meaning black and MÃ©tis students in district schools are five times more likely to be excluded than students. white.
âAccording to The Guardian, Wokingham City Council declined to comment on the report. What will the board do to ensure that black and MÃ©tis children are treated fairly in our schools? ”
The Guardian used statistics from the 2018/2019 academic year.
A particularly disproportionate exclusion rate was reported between white British students and mixed-race white and black students in the Caribbean. These MÃ©tis students had an exclusion rate of 12.8 percent, compared to the exclusion rate of 2.4 percent for white students. However, more white college students received term exclusions than any other group.
Cllr Boyt’s question has been answered. Cllr Grahame Howe (CON), Executive Member of Children’s Services. He said: âTo clarify the figures used by The Guardian were based on a national data set detailing 445 White UK students and 53 Caribbean White and Black students who had fixed exclusions from our schools in one year (2018/2019) .
âSince 2018 we have seen a reduction in the proportion of fixed exclusions of these ethnic groups, and while this is the case, we are by no means complacent about this and will continue to monitor the numbers so that we can assess the impact of steps we take and take further action as necessary.
âWe work closely with schools, staff and governors on racial equality issues, with specific actions and initiatives, including:
– Examine potential personal and systemic racial biases with colleagues
Children’s services and our schools.
-The Council’s Learning and Success Partnership works with a broad
a range of stakeholders, including the Reading International Solidarity Center
(RISC), to develop an action plan for racial equality with schools.
– By reducing exclusions, we are deploying a therapeutic approach to behavior
management in schools with a significant commitment of schools in the
Rounding to work this way and reduce exclusions. It’s a long time
program that will take into account equity and equality, and links to a
broader Pan-Berkshire approach by being trauma informed.
– Our Education Welfare service monitors exclusions and has done a lot
positive support and prevention have been working with schools in recent years to support
overall reduction in exclusion rates. This continues to be an area of ââinterest
Officers are also generally considering the inclusion of
Community groups. ”
Below is a table of all permanent and fixed term exclusions in Wokingham schools by ethnicity:
Cllr Boyt (LAB) posed his question during the plenary Council meeting on Thursday, May 20. She represents Bulmershe & Whitegates. Cllr Howe (CON) represents Remenham, Wargrave and Ruscombe.