The impact of ethnic diversity on academic achievement in Ipswich, Suffolk: a case study

Southgate, Kathryn (2006) The impact of ethnic diversity on academic achievement in Ipswich, Suffolk: a case study. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    With the ever increasing number of ethnic minorities moving to Britain, their impact upon life in Britain is an important area which is being increasingly researched by geographers due to the inclusion of ethnicity in the census from 1991. Trevor Phillips� idea of segregating black boys within the classroom to improve their academic achievements in May 2005 triggered the ideas for this independent study. The study attempts to analyse whether the number of ethnic minorities within a school does or does not affect a school�s academic achievement. Social factors, such as tenure and economic status of people within each school�s catchment area are taken into consideration, as these are factors which may also contribute to poorer levels of academic achievement. A case study is produced of Ipswich, Suffolk, analysing the comprehensive schools within the town. The implementation of GIS is used to transfer ward data taken from both the 1991 census and the 2001 census to each individual school�s catchment area through the method of area weighting. Data from each school�s most recent Ofsted reports detailing ethnic minorities within the school is used for 2001. This data is not available for 1991, therefore, the use of census data at ward level from 1991 is area weighted to the catchment to show the numbers of ethnic minorities within the catchment area. The study concludes that within Ipswich ethnic minorities do have an impact upon academic achievement, however; social factors play a role as well. It is also concluded that the method implemented to analyse Ipswich, would be successful at analysing areas on regional or national scales to gain more conclusive evidence.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13

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