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‘Boys on Track’: Improving support for white FSM-eligible and black Caribbean boys in London

Today LKMco and the Greater London Authority (GLA) launch ‘Boys on Track’, new research looking at how support for white free school meal-eligible and black Caribbean boys across London can be improved. The GLA commissioned this research because attainment among London’s most disadvantaged young people lags an average of 12 months behind their more advantaged peers, having …

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#011 – Sam Baars: white working class boys at uni

Dr Sam Baars is LKMco’s Director of Research. He talks to Iesha about his research exploring how higher education can become more accessible for white working class boys.

In this episode Iesha and Sam discuss
• Why Sam’s A-levels made him more politically engaged
• How Sam’s doctorate in Social Change led to the work that he does now
• Why research can help marginalised groups who otherwise might be ignored
• How surprisingly hard it is to define what a white ‘working class’ boy is
• Why feeling as if you belong is important for success at university
• Why working class pupils are less likely to go to university than middle class pupils
• Why many working class pupils don’t see the point in going to university
• Why supporting aspirations to attend university ought to begin to in primary school

Resources/people featured or mentioned
• The Great British Class Survey (BBC)
• The underrepresentation of white working boys class in higher education (LKMco/KCL)

Show notes and links for this episode can be found here.

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Music credits:
‘Oui’ by Simon Mathewson and ‘Jump for joy’ by Scott Holmes both from http://freemusicarchive.org

Want to contact us?
[email protected] / @ieshasmall or [email protected] / @sambaars

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#002 – Research Round Up: Social segregation and white Working Class boys

In episode #002  Dr Sam Baars talks to George Duoblys. They ask do faith schools perpetuate social social segregation? Is focusing on white working class boys helpful? Do Ofsted’s gradings for nurseries really measure the right things? Key points Early years: Kids who go to ‘outstanding’ nurseries don’t necessarily do better than those who don’t when they get …

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White Working Class Boys and Higher Education: International Press Coverage

Our latest report for Kings College London Widening Participation Department has received considerable interest around the world, featuring on Dubai Eye Radio in the UAE, Fox News in the US and, much of the UK press including the Daily Mail, Independent, Times, i, and Huffington Post. It has also been covered by sector publications like Schools Week, …

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