High Achieving White Working Class (HAWWC) Boys Research project
We are very pleased to announce the launch of the High-achieving, White Working Class (HAWWC) Boys project report, produced to provide practical evidence based resources to tackle the challenge of white working class male underachievement.
Developed with support from Birmingham, Oxfordshire and North Yorkshire Councils, this DfE funded project
addresses the policy question of how we might enhance the educational
achievement of young, white working boys (identified as boys growing up in low income households) in order to:
- close the gap in their attainment on entry to compulsory schooling;
- improve access to the free early education offer;
- and enable greater social mobility.
We have worked with a carefully selected cohort of high-achieving, young, white working class boys (achieving an EYFS profile score above 38, placing
them in the top 15% nationally), their families and early education settings, from three regionally selected urban, rural and coastal communities.
We aimed to identify home and setting behaviours and interactions that can enable underachieving, less advantaged, young, white working class
boys to experience more positive home learning experiences, access a quality free early education place and improve their attainment.
As part of the project, we have also created an online resource to assist with the wider dissemination of findings and training purposes.
The online resource is split into three sections:
findings and action points
class boy. The case studies reveal the complexity of family circumstances, highlight the dynamic nature of the
inter-relationships between those elements of success, and how academic and parenting resilience is achieved
in real lives.
- A set of Parent Video Blogs
which describe parenting
practices and partnership with early years practitioners of
the parents that took part in the study.