“We need to eradicate middle class attitudes to the working class. We need to deliver better education to those who have it harder than the rest.”
Warning’s emerged yesterday from schools minister, David Laws, that poorer pupils do better in more deprived areas of the country than in richer parts of Britain.
He accused school’s “in the leafiest parts of the country” of wasting pupil premium funding, as the department of education revealed that only 42 per cent of pupils who are allegeable for free school meals, got five GCSE’s, compared to the 67 per cent who come from wealthier backgrounds.
Schools receive pupil premium funding to support students who come from low-income families. But as exam results points out, this money hasn’t been used to help poorer students with their education. The money hasn’t touched them.
Rightly so, Mr. Laws is furious and has threatened culprit schools with closure if they continue to miss-spend pupil premium funding.
You would think, at first glance, that if you lived in a more well to do area of the country, you would have a better chance in life than if you didn’t.
The truth is that if you are poor in this country, you are going to have a harder time, wherever you live.
I can talk from my own experience, because I am one of those who coming from a poorer background, but grew up in the middle class area.
I count myself lucky to live in such an area because it is a safe and beautiful. There were little worries for my mum as I played outside as a kid, because there’s basically a non-existent crime rate in Welwyn garden city.
But I would be lying if I said growing up was all plain sailing, particularly at school.
It’s difficult for people who are working class, who live in middle class areas, because you are constantly being reminded of your poverty.
I am an avid listener of dessert island disks, and like to listen to people stories of them growing up. One thing that struck me when listening is the stories of people who came from poorer backgrounds. A lot of these people have mentioned that they didn’t know their social class, until they got university and mixed with people from other classes.
I’ve known that I am working class, ever since I was young because it was very apparent the difference between me, and the people in my school or town.
I remember going around a friend’s house and being shocked at their large dinners they would have, because most nights at home we would have toast for dinner. I remember having old school uniform on that was getting too short for me, while other kids that wouldn’t have that worry. I would never dared to mention an upcoming school trip to mum, because I knew we wouldn’t be able to afford it, and would sit alone in a class, while everyone else went off on the latest trip. Nevertheless, I was happy, as a child.
None of this was my mum’s fault. She was a single parent and I couldn’t of asked for a more loving and caring mum. We happened to live in poverty because of chance, and the financial difficulty it is of bringing up two children on your own.
But living in a middle class area, you are constantly being judged. We were victimized because of our circumstance. People didn’t look at us and thought “its nice to see a happy loving family” they just saw poor lazy scum. This attitude seems to be nationwide.
The reason why we were victimized for being poor is because it’s in the very nature of the middle class. They are always trying to separate themselves from the working class because they seek to have there own identity: they are not rich enough to be part of aristocracy, but richer than the working class. They sit in the middle and that is precisely why they look down their nose at people below them.
It is absolutely disgusting that pupil premium funding is being wasted. I could of done with receiving that support myself when I was at school, and believe I would be in a better position now if I had done so. I am dyslexic and have dyspraxia, however i received not a drop of help from school.
It’s only through my escaping to the public library that helped me fall in love with reading and writing.
We need to eradicate middle class attitudes to the working class. We need to deliver better education to those who have it harder than the rest. We are wasting people like old banana skins by not investing in people full potential.