Social reproduction: issues of aspiration and attainment

Tim Butler, Chris Hamnett, Sadiq Mir and Mark Ramsden

in Ethnicity, class and aspiration

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426512
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302223 | DOI:
Social reproduction: issues of aspiration and attainment

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This chapter examines how educational attainment in East London, England is differentiated by geography, social class, and ethnicity. It explains that London overall has a history of low educational attainment that poses problems for many parents who wish to see their children in a high-attaining school, and there is a wide variation in General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) attainment levels across London by borough and by school. The findings indicate that while there are major variations in attainment by both ethnic origin and residential area, class is slightly more important than ethnic origin.

Keywords: educational attainment; East London; England; social class; ethnicity; residential area; GCSE

Chapter.  9196 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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