Working paper 06/155 - Abstract

'Sleep-Walking Towards Segregation'? The Changing Ethnic Composition of English Schools, 1997-2003 - an Entry Cohort Analysis (PDF, file 376 KB) (PDF, 375kB)

Ron Johnston, Simon Burgess, Richard Harris and Deborah Wilson

There has been considerable public debate recently in England regarding levels of segregation (and changes in those levels) not only by neighbourhood but also in schools. Little data are available to evaluate claims that such segregation has been increasing in the country's schools. This paper uses a data set released by the Department for Education and Skills which indicates the ethnic identity for every student in the entry cohorts for all English primary and secondary schools between 1997-8 (for primary and secondary schools respectively) and 2003. Analysis indicates that there has been some increase in segregation levels in some cities, but only to the expected extent given the changing relative size of the ethnic minority populations there. Segregation is relatively high there, but has only increased if the minority groups' share of the entry cohorts has been increasing.

Published in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 2008, vol 33, issue 1, 73-90 

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