Stating the obvious

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…

7 comments for “Stating the obvious

  1. Tatty
    September 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Which came first…the immigrant children or the “disadvantage” ? 😐

  2. johnnyrvf
    September 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    But until the utterly deluded ideologies of the current P.C. obsessed Parliament and Civil service is abandoned nothing will change and as the present policies support the current status quo perfectly don’t hold your breath.
    ( me I upped sticks years ago and live in a country with an education system geared to the needs of the people and the state ). 🙄

  3. September 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Won’t easily forgive the last Labour Government for opening the floodgates. The pressures it has caused has betrayed indiginous and immigrant populations alike

  4. September 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    The whole fixed capacity/catchment area concept of state schooling creates this issue of course. Not many immigrants are disadvantaged in their choice of supermarkets. Why? Because the market is free, the choice is great and if one drops the ball the others pounce. Pretty much the exact opposite of state schooling.

    Incidentally, the 3-year old Master SAoT goes to a private school and the immigrants there (Indian, African, Russian, Chinese, Serbs, Hungarians and Iranians etc) are far from disadvanteged despite having parents of modest means. I reckon it’s about 50% immigrant and 100% excellent. They have to be or we don’t pay the fees. Again, can’t say that about state schools.

  5. Blanc Vol
    September 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I want to hear Diane Abbott’s views on this.

  6. Robert Edwards
    September 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I saw the report.

    Well, No Shit, Sherlock!


  7. Furor Teutonicus
    September 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    So what are they suggesting? “Bussing”? HEY! That did REALLY well in the States, right?

    And 80% immigrant pupils? Hel, Berlin already has three schools at 100%….YES, you read that right ONE HUNDRED PERCENT immigrant pupils!

    (Neukölln and Kreuzberg, if any one is interested.)

    Another point springs to mind here. If we SUGGESTED they all live in Ghettoes, all Hel would break loose. So why is it O.K when they do it of their own free will?

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