A report was published today stating the obvious, though naturally it approached the issue as if it were a problem. It seems that UK schools are socially segregated with immigrant kids clustered in ‘disadvantaged’ schools.
The UK’s school system is socially segregated, with immigrant children clustered in disadvantaged schools, research shows.
The research says that the socio-economic make-up of the UK’s schools poses “significant challenges” for immigrant students and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Some 80% of UK students with an immigrant background attend schools with a high concentration of immigrant students, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) latest edition of Education at a Glance.
This is 12.4% higher than the OECD’s average of 67.6%.
It also reveals that 79.8% of immigrant students with low-educated mothers (who do not have qualifications beyond GCSE level) are in disadvantaged schools.
This is a higher proportion than any other OECD country, and greater than the OECD’s average of 55.9%.
“The socio-economic composition of UK schools poses significant challenges for disadvantaged students and students with an immigrant background,” the study says.
One can only assume that the term ‘significant challenges’ is some sort of code for throw more money at it in layman’s terms. It does strike me as a little odd that there seems to be an element of surprise that schools with large immigrant populations should have a large percentage of immigrant children, after all, what else would you expect? Nor does it surprise me that these kids struggle and possibly on occasion drag the schools academic records lower than the norm. After all, if the onus is on trying to help people to whom English is a second language and not necessarily spoken at home then those who can and want to get on are going to be largely ignored.
Market forces would also dictate that parents who want their kids to get on will try to move heaven and earth to get their kids into successful schools, such schools are often pretty selective as to whom they’ll take too, ‘no speaka da English’, need not apply. Nor will failing schools attract the best teachers, after all what’s the point if you aren’t sure if the pupils actually understand what you’re teaching?
Normally this sort of problem is overcome-able if the rate of immigration is low, sadly it isn’t and schools in areas of high immigration are struggling to cope, 20% of immigrant kids in certain areas used to be the norm, not 80%. Certain cultures also do better than others, lot of Indian doctors around because their culture in general in the UK pushes their kids to do well. Others not so and they tend to become insular and withdrawn from society as a whole leading to further ghettoisation and greater problems, particularly as the cult of multiculturalism forbade assimilation and prevented integration.
So we have ended up with struggling schools and a non integrated immigrant population, which is essentially what the report says, though only the OECD seems to be surprised and alarmed.
The rest of us could have told them what was likely to happen 15 years ago…