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Ethnic Segregation Between SchoolsIs It Increasing or Decreasing in England?$
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Richard Harris and Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529204780

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529204780.001.0001

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How Concentrated Are Ethnic Groups in Schools?

How Concentrated Are Ethnic Groups in Schools?

(p.89) 4 How Concentrated Are Ethnic Groups in Schools?
Ethnic Segregation Between Schools

Richard Harris

Ron Johnston

Policy Press

The Casey Review cites a study by the think-tank Demos that shows the majority of ethnic minority students attend schools where ‘minority’ groups are in the majority. That statistic is correct but too easily misinterpreted. Only White British students typically are in a school where their own ethnic group forms a majority; for most ethnic minority pupils the largest group they will encounter at school is also the White British. The exceptions to this are the Bangladeshi and Pakistani groups, and more so in primary than in secondary schools. Nevertheless, the overwhelming trend is that schools are becoming more ethnically diverse with an increased potential for pupils to be educated alongside pupils of other ethnic groups.

Keywords:   The Casey Review, ethnicity, school classification, concentration measures, segregation

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