Somali pupils in the UK are currently one of the lowest performing groups in terms of educational attainment – in 2007, 24% achieved 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C. Despite the fact that Somali pupils and their parents have been shown to have high aspirations and a positive attitude to schooling, educational attainment is variable and as an overall group remains low, although there is significant local variation.
There is also a disproportionate number of Somali pupils at risk of being excluded from schools. There is further background research here.
However, as statistics only ever tell a small part of the story, we worked in partnership with William Ellis School in North London to explore and share the bigger picture, working both with young people of Somali origin and young people of other backgrounds. The variety of perspectives give a deeper and richer understanding of the experiences of Somali-heritage young people. While this specific context is the focus, many of the issues and experiences will be familiar to and relevant for other young people from all walks of life.
The results are the multimedia resource pages, here.
 Strand et al (2010) Drivers and Challenges in Raising the Achievement of Pupils from Bangladeshi, Somali and Turkish Backgrounds, DCSF p27; Greater London Authority (2013) The London Annual Education Report, p16
 ibid p14-17
 Jill Rutter (2004) Refugee Communities in the UK: Somali Children’s Educational Progress and Life Experiences, London Metropolitan University p4