Racial segregation in schools holds white pupils back

Jul 6, 2015 by

white kids held back

Demos study finds parents like to send children to schools where their ethnicity is dominant, but this hampers educational attainment

The education of white pupils is being hampered by increased school segregation on racial grounds, according to analysis by an influential thinktank.

A study by Demos pointed out that many schools outside Britain’s big cities are becoming more segregated than the communities they serve.

Trevor Phillips, the chairman of Demos’s mapping integration project and former head of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), warned this is dividing society and holding back white children who tend to do better when taught in racially mixed schools.

He pointed out the dramatic improvement in Birmingham and London’s educational performances in the past 10 years was in large part due to “high-performing ethnic minorities”.

Launching the report on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Phillips said: “To some extent, in London the clever thing for smart middle-class parents to do is to look for schools which have substantial numbers of Indian heritage children, because the statistics say that their child will benefit from sitting in the same class as those motivated kids.”

He claimed that greater racial integration in schools would improve community cohesion and increase the educational attainment of ethnic groups, such as white children, who are currently falling behind.

Source: Racial segregation in schools holds white pupils back, thinktank warns | Education | The Guardian

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