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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Publication details for Professor Feyisa Demie

Lewis, K. & Demie, F. (2019). The school experiences of mixed-race white and black Caribbean children in England. Ethnic and Racial Studies 42(12): 2065-2083.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

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.