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The Achievement of Spanish Speaking Students in Secondary Schools in England

Demie, F.

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This research aims to examine Spanish-speaking students’ attainment to improve our knowledge about students at the end of secondary school in England. The sample consisted of students who completed the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in inner London Local Authority. The findings of the analysis of GCSE results by language spoken at home suggest that, overall, students who speak Spanish language do less well than other groups, and their low attainment is a key concern for policymakers and teachers. However, while this is true overall, there were wide differences in performance when broken down into European speakers and Latin American speakers. The empirical evidence suggest that European Spanish speakers do better that Latin American Spanish speakers. A number of factors were identified in the underachievement of Spanish students, including the language barrier, poverty, and pupil mobility rate. Policy implications for data collection and further research are discussed in the final section.

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Demie, F. (2023). The Achievement of Spanish Speaking Students in Secondary Schools in England. Journal of Latinos and Education, 22(3), 1031-1045. https://doi.org/10.1080/15348431.2021.1899925

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 13, 2021
Online Publication Date Apr 13, 2021
Publication Date 2023-06
Deposit Date Jun 3, 2021
Publicly Available Date Oct 13, 2022
Journal Journal of Latinos and Education
Print ISSN 1534-8431
Electronic ISSN 1532-771X
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 3
Pages 1031-1045
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/15348431.2021.1899925
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1274365

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