The School Choice and Ethnic Segregation report explores the nature of educational choice as exercised by Black and Minority Ethnic families, the prime motivation being to explore the question as to whether current educational reform adequately promotes race equality.
The report is on a research study that began in late 2005, conducted across three educational authorities and involved over 260 respondents including parents and children. It examines the impact of the choice agenda on those pupil groups most likely to underachieve educationally - African Caribbean, African, Bangladeshi and Pakistani children - but in addition, given that schools are ideal sites for the promotion of community cohesion as well as the provision of good educational standards, the report explores the wider impact of choice.
The report raises the important questions that if parents re encouraged to exercise more choice towards good schools and away from failing ones, will this create increasingly segregated schools? And what might be the impact of such segregation on the educational achievements of BME pupils?