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8 May 2024 - 8 May 2024

1:00PM - 2:00PM

This event will be in-person in room CB-0011 of the Confluence Building and online via Zoom. Contact for more details about how to take part.

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Part of the School of Education Research Seminar Series.

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School of Education Research Seminar Series

The proportion of ethnic minority pupils in English schools has seen a marked increase since the 2000s, now comprising about a third of the state school population. This demographic shift, influenced by factors like birth rates, immigration, and age structures, has significantly diversified the ethnic and linguistic landscape in schools. This paper seeks to understand the impact of this change on ethnic segregation in schools, particularly considering the complex interplay of demographics, residential patterns, and education policies. Despite common perceptions of increasing segregation, research suggests a more nuanced reality. This study aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of ethnic segregation trends in English schools over the past two decades, focusing on multi-group and multi-scale perspectives. Employing the decomposable entropy-based measures, alongside multilevel models, the research examines how evolving demographics affect segregation patterns. Findings reveal a general decline in segregation, with notable geographic variations. London is identified as a model of integration and stability, contrasting with the persisting high levels of segregation in areas like Yorkshire. The study also scrutinizes the impact of education reforms like academization, indicating minimal changes in ethnic composition in academization, yet highlighting some academies' less representative ethnic makeup compared to other schools. Additionally, the increase in faith schools is linked to greater ethnic concentration. This paper contributes to the understanding of ethnic segregation in education, highlighting the complexities and regional disparities, and challenges prevailing notions by showcasing the multifaceted nature of ethnic diversity and segregation in English schools.

Presented by Dr Yiyang Gao