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April-Louise Pennant

PhD Researcher, University of Birmingham

Much of the research on the educational experiences of Black students has tended to focus on boys. Apart from a few dedicated studies, there has been little wider attention paid to the experiences and strategies of Black girls within the education system. In addition, previous research has not tended to differentiate between Black students based on ethnicity. This is a nuance which I will build on within my research, potentially adding a new dimension to the field.

Within my research, attention will be paid to the intersection of race, gender, social class and ethnicity in relation to Black females' experiences within the English education system. I hope to use my research to explicitly and purposely document the educational experiences of Black British young women, as well as the strategies they employ along the way. In addition, I hope my research can provide an useful template which can be translated to other marginalised female groups within education.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, University of Birmingham


ESRC 1+3 studentship