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Measuring social segregation between London’s secondary schools, 2003 – 2008/9

  • Richard Harris


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    Segregation is a spatial outcome of spatial processes that therefore needs to be measured spatially. This is the axiom from which local indices of segregation are developed and applied to the local markets within which schools compete. The indices are used to measure patterns of social segregation between London’s state-funded secondary schools, education authorities, types of selecting and non-selecting schools, and, longitudinally, for cohorts of pupils entering the schools in each of the years from 2003 to 2008. The paper finds sizeable differences between apparently competing schools in the proportions of free school meal eligible pupils they recruit, with selective schools especially and also faith schools under-recruiting such pupils. Whilst there is some evidence that differences between schools have decreased over the period, the trend is considered to be an artefact of using free school meals as a measure of disadvantage, a measure that the paper ultimately questions.

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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 11/260.

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    Length: 21 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:bri:cmpowp:11/260
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    1. Ron Johnston & Kelvyn Jones, 2011. "A brief response to Gorard," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 43(1), pages 8-9, January.
    2. Richard Harris, 2011. "The separation of lower and higher attaining pupils in the transition from primary to secondary schools: a longitudinal study of London," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation 11/257, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
    3. Rebecca Allen, 2007. "Allocating Pupils to Their Nearest Secondary School: The Consequences for Social and Ability Stratification," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 44(4), pages 751-770, April.
    4. Rebecca Allen & Anna Vignoles, 2006. "What Should an Index of School Segregation Measure?," CEE Discussion Papers 0060, Centre for the Economics of Education, LSE.
    5. Ron Johnston & Michael Poulsen & James Forrest, 2011. "Evaluating Changing Residential Segregation In Auckland, New Zealand, Using Spatial Statistics," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 102(1), pages 1-23, 02.
    6. Ron Johnston & Kelvyn Jones, 2010. "Measuring segregation—a cautionary tale," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 42(6), pages 1264-1270, June.
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