Tag: social class
What is the Pupil Premium and how Effective is it?
The Pupil Premium provides extra funding to schools to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged children in England and Wales. Both Local Education Authority Schools and Academies in England and Wales get the following Pupil Premium Funding (2022 to 2033 figures) £1385 (primary) or £985 per pupil who is eligible for Free School Meals (or…
Social Exclusion in British Tennis
So we’ve got a new Wimbledon Champion in waiting in the form of Emma Radacanu – but don’t get too excited, she doesn’t break the trend of the English Middle Class Norm. . For a start, Radacanu grew up and started playing tennis in Canada, where social class is much less entrenched, and in any…
Why has the Achievement Gap Between Private and State Schools Increased?
Possible explanations include less disruption to schooling, more parental pressure and higher prior attainment
Poverty is the Main ‘Cause’ of Youth Violent Crime in London……
A recent 2019 study into the causes of violent crime in London found that the proportion of children under 20 living in poverty was the main factor correlated with levels youth violent crime in London Boroughs. This is an important update for the A-level Sociology Crime and Deviance module. The study was conducted in 2019…
Only 18% of Senior Civil Servants are from ‘Working Class’ Backgrounds
A recent study from the Social Mobility Commission found that only 18% Senior Civil Servants are from lower social class backgrounds, what we might traditionally call ‘working class’ backgrounds’, and this is down from 19% in 1967! The majority of senior civil servants are from privileged, higher social economic backgrounds, many having benefited from an…
Social class and educational achievement statistics
Pupils from the lowest fifth of households by income are twice as likely to fail both English and Maths GCSE.
The Extent of Material Deprivation in the UK
2019 statistics show a decline in the number of households in material deprivation
The Celebrity Boat Race – Screamingly Upper Middle Class
The over-representation of the upper middle classes in charity sporting events
Media representations of social class
How are different social classes represented in the mainstream media? This post looks at how the monarchy, the wealthy, the middle classes, working classes and benefits claimaints (‘the underclass’) are represented, focusing mainly on British television and newspaper coverage. Generally speaking the ‘lower’ the social class, the more negative the media representations are, arguably because…
Media representations of benefits claimants
In this post I summarize some recent sociological research which suggests newspapers and ‘reality T.V. shows represent benefits claimants in a limited range of stereotypical ways, focusing on them as lazy, undeserving scroungers engaged in immoral, wreckless and criminal behaviour. A lot of the research below also reminds us that media representations in no way…