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14 Nov '14

News Want to know why Londons schools perform better? Immigration | Simon Burgess

The children of recent immigrants typically have greater hopes and expectations of education. The capitals diversity should be celebratedPupils in London do better at school than the rest of the country, but why? Sam Freedman, a former adviser to Michael Gove and now head of an education charity, has called this the biggest question in education policy. According to my own research for the Centre for Market and Public Organisation, a big part of the answer almost all in fact lies in the ethnic composition of Londons pupils. And that is down to higher pupil aspiration, ambition and engagement among migrants.There is nothing inherently different in the educational performance of pupils from different ethnic backgrounds, but the children of relatively recent immigrants typically have greater hopes and expectations of education and are, on average, more likely to be engaged with their school work. This is not by chance, of course; a key part of the London effect is the capitals attraction to migrants and those aspiring to a better life. Continue reading...

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