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School and Residential Ethnic Segregation:An Analysis of Variations across England’s Local Education Authorities

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  • Ron Johnston
  • Deborah Wilson
  • Simon Burgess
  • Richard Harris

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Schools are central to the goals of a multi-cultural society, but their ability to act as arenas within which meaningful inter-cultural interactions take place depends on the degree to which students from various cultural backgrounds meet there. Using recently-released data on the ethnic composition of both schools and small residential areas, this paper explores not only the extent of ethnic segregation in England’s schools but also whether that segregation is greater than the underpinning segregation in the country’s residential areas. The results show greater segregation in schools – considerably so for primary schools and more so for some ethnic groups relative to others – than in neighbourhoods, patterns which have considerable implications for educational policy.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK in its series The Centre for Market and Public Organisation with number 06/145.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2006
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Handle: RePEc:bri:cmpowp:06/145

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  1. Ash Amin, 2002. "Ethnicity and the multicultural city: living with diversity," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 34(6), pages 959-980, June.
  2. Ron Johnston & Deborah Wilson & Simon Burgess, 2006. "Ethnic segregation and educational performance at secondary school in Bradford and Leicester," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation 06/142, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
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  6. Simon Burgess & Deborah Wilson, 2004. "Ethnic Segretation in England's Schools," CASE Papers 079, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.
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  1. Andreas Georgiadis & Alan Manning, 2009. "Change and continuity among minority communities in Britain," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 28514, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  2. van Ham, Maarten & Manley, David, 2012. "Segregation, Choice Based Letting and Social Housing: How Housing Policy Can Affect the Segregation Process," IZA Discussion Papers 6372, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Agasisti, Tommaso & Cordero-Ferrera, Jose M., 2013. "Educational disparities across regions: A multilevel analysis for Italy and Spain," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 35(6), pages 1079-1102.
  4. Richard Harris, 2011. "“Sleepwalking towards Johannesburg”? Local measures of ethnic segregation between London’s secondary schools, 2003 – 2008/9," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation 11/275, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
  5. Andy Pike, 2007. "Editorial: Whither Regional Studies?," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(9), pages 1143-1148.

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