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Parallel lives? Ethnic segregation in schools and neighbourhoods

Simon Burgess,  Deborah Wilson,  Ruth Lupton,  June 2005
Paper No' CASE 101: Full paper (pdf)
Tags: children, families and education; schools and education; poverty, exclusion and equalities; equality, capabilities and human rights; education; sorting


We provide evidence on the extent of ethnic segregation experienced by children across secondary schools and neighbourhoods (wards). Using 2001 Schools Census and Population Census data we employ the indices of dissimilarity and isolation and compare patterns of segregation across nine ethnic groups, and across Local Education Authorities in England. Looking at both schools and neighbourhoods, we find high levels of segregation for the different groups, along with considerable variation across England. We find consistently higher segregation for South Asian pupils than for Black pupils. For most ethnic groups children are more segregated at school than in their neighbourhood. We analyse the relative degree of segregation and show that high population density is associated with high relative school segregation.

This paper has been published as:
'Parallel Lives? Ethnic segregation in schools and neighbourhoods,' Urban Studies, 42(7): 1027-1056, 2005