Mullan welcomes launch of Stranmillis University College Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement
Speaking at the launch of the Stranmillis University College Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement, Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan said the centre must recognise the importance of factors outside of schools, which can influence educational underachievement both positively and negatively.
The party’s education spokesperson said:
“The issue of educational underachievement is not new, in order to give our children, the best start in life then a big part of that has to be about ensuring they get a good education.
“The Office of First and deputy First Minister commissioned the Investigating Links in Achievement and Deprivation (Iliad) which investigated links in achievement and deprivation and identified academic selection as inhibiting attainment.
“We know that it is mainly children from working-class backgrounds who underachieve. This is borne out when we look at the figures for educational underachievement and Free School Meals data.
“It is important that any work the centre engages in recognises the importance of factors outside of schools which can influence educational underachievement both positively and negatively.
“It is important the centre also draws knowledge and inspiration from parents and communities who can be great influencers on not just how our children learn but more importantly setting them an example and acting as role models for the importance of them putting in the effort to learn.”