Marshalled List of Amendments - 06 May 2014

Private Members’ Business – Motions

Item 3: Order Paper 207/11-15 – 6 May 2014

Motion: Underachievement of Protestant Working Class Boys 

That this Assembly notes the issues raised in the report produced by the Community Relations Council regarding the underachievement at GCSE of Protestant working class boys in receipt of free school meals; notes with concern that this reinforces the conclusions of other similar reports over a number of years; further notes the positive action which the Minister of Education has taken to support other ethnic and minority groups who are underachieving; and calls on the Minister of Education to outline the specific steps his Department is taking to redress this situation and establish a meaningful sectoral body for the controlled sector to enable it to address this issue in the same manner as the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools which has been able to tackle underachievement in the maintained sector.

[Mr M Storey]
[Mr J Craig]
[Mr S Moutray]
[Mr R Newton]

Amendment 1

Proposed: Leave out all after ‘Community Relations Council’ and insert:

‘which once again sets out the close correlation between socio-economic background and exam success; further notes that the most significant divisions in education are based on gender and class and that it is the interplay between these which drives inequality; calls on the Minister of Education to work with all concerned to abolish the inequities in the education system designed to produce further inequality and to continue to take measures for all those who are underachieving regardless of class, creed or ethnic background; and further calls on the Minister of Education to set out the further steps his Department can take, including the establishment of a meaningful sectoral support body for the controlled sector as set out in the Education Bill, to support Protestant working class boys who are not achieving their full potential.’

[Mr C Hazzard]
[Mr P Sheehan]
[Ms M McLaughlin]

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