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Pupils discuss whether ethnic background affects grades

White British children are being outperformed in key GCSE subjects by students who speak English as a second language.

According to the Department for Education, 22.5% of native English speakers gained C grades in core subjects compared with 24.4 % of children who speak English as an additional language.

So does ethnic or cultural background affect how well pupils do at school?

To find out, BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire spoke with Baverstock Academy pupils Abudi, who was born in Ethiopia, Andre, who was born in Romania, and Corey, who is white English.

  • 03 Apr 2014
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