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Ethnic segregation and educational performance at secondary school in Bradford and Leicester


  • Ron Johnston
  • Deborah Wilson
  • Simon Burgess



Evidence suggests considerable variation among British ethnic groups in their performance at different stages of their educational careers. Many members of those groups are concentrated in particular parts of certain cities, and as a consequence many attend ethnically-segregated schools. Using pupil- and school-level data from the Pupil Level Annual School Census (PLASC) in England, this paper explores the relationship between performance and various student and school characteristics in Bradford (which has a large Pakistani population) and Leicester (with a large Indian population). It finds evidence of a correlation between school ethnic composition and performance in Bradford but not Leicester.

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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:bri:cmpowp:06/142

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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. Simon Burgess & Deborah Wilson, 2003. "Ethnic Segregation in England's Schools," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation 03/086, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
    3. Simon Burgess & Ron Johnston & Deborah Wilson, 2003. "School segregation in multi-ethnic England," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation 03/092, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
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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.

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    ethnic segregation; schools; attainment levels; Bradford; Leicester;

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    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General

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