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England's Multiethnic Educational System? A Classification of Secondary Schools


  • Ron Johnston

    (School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1SS, England)

  • Deborah Wilson
  • Simon Burgess


As British society has become increasingly multiethnic and multicultural, debate has grown regarding the advantages and disadvantages of ethnically segregated schools, with regard both to educational achievement and to multicultural accommodation. Compared with issues regarding the class composition of schools, however, little work has been done on the degree of ethnic segregation in schools, let alone its impact. The authors use a recently developed classification procedure to identify the degree of ethnic segregation in England's secondary schools in 2001, using a database that gives every student's ethnic identity. It is shown that, although there is considerable segregation for members of ethnic minority groups in London and a small number of other urban areas, elsewhere there is much more exposure of members of those groups to White students; White students are much more segregated, however. In general, the level of segregation in schools is greater than the residential segregation of the various ethnic groups.

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  • Ron Johnston & Deborah Wilson & Simon Burgess, 2005. "England's Multiethnic Educational System? A Classification of Secondary Schools," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 37(1), pages 45-62, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:envira:v:37:y:2005:i:1:p:45-62

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    1. Ron Johnston & Simon Burgess & Deborah Wilson & Richard Harris, 2006. "School and Residential Ethnic Segregation: An Analysis of Variations across England's Local Education Authorities," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(9), pages 973-990.
    2. Richard Harris & Ron Johnston & Simon Burgess, 2007. "Neighborhoods, Ethnicity and School Choice: Developing a Statistical Framework for Geodemographic Analysis," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer;Southern Demographic Association (SDA), vol. 26(5), pages 553-579, December.

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