The Institute of Race Relations report ‘How Black Working-Class Youth are Criminalised and Excluded in the English School System: A London Case Study, shows how a two-tier education system has split children into those who are ‘deserving’ and those who aren’t. The ‘deserving’ are funnelled through academies and ‘undeserving’ in the Pupil Referral Units, now being rebranded as ‘Alternative Provision’. This system segregates by race and by class, which the report describes as ‘purpose built’.
“This report aims to support important on-going campaigns for education justice, by excavating the specific political conditions that have ushered in regressive reforms. This history has been forgotten and urgently needs retelling at a time when think-tanks and government are in the business of expanding the PRU sector by rebranding it as AP and privatising it through academisation.”