The school experiences of mixed race white and black Caribbean children in England

Lewis, Kirstin and Demie, Feyisa. 2019. The school experiences of mixed race white and black Caribbean children in England. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42(12), pp. 2065-2083. ISSN 0141-9870 [Article]

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This research aims to explore the school experiences of mixed white/ black Caribbean children in English schools. The overarching findings of this research confirm that although the mixed-race population as a whole is achieving above the national average, the mixed white/ black Caribbean group is consistently the lowest performing mixed-race group in the country. Views of pupils, their parents and teachers in two London secondary schools suggest various reasons why mixed white/ black Caribbean pupils might
continue to be the lowest performing mixed group in the country. These included experiences of marginalization and invisibility in school life, the low expectations that teachers held about them, the lack of knowledge about how to support them at school and how all these issues were exacerbated by the friendship groups they mixed in. This research paper discusses these critical factors in detail and their implications for policy and further research

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Mixed race, mixed white and black Caribbean, achievement, schooling, expectations

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Educational Studies > Centre for Identities and Social Justice


1 October 2018Published Online
14 August 2018Accepted

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11 Oct 2018 12:25

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01 Apr 2020 01:26

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.


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