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Are schools drifting apart?: intake stratification in English secondary schools

Gibbons, Stephen ORCID: 0000-0002-2871-8562 and Telhaj, Shqiponja (2007) Are schools drifting apart?: intake stratification in English secondary schools. Urban Studies, 44 (7). pp. 1281-1305. ISSN 0042-0980

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00420980701302346


The issue of social segregation in schools has seen a recent resurgence of interest, in the light of policies that have sought to expand parental choice. Most research has focused on segregation along lines of ethnicity or social background. Yet, the real consideration in the back of people's minds seems to be stratification along lines of pupil ability. This paper looks explicitly at this issue using the population of pupils entering secondary schools in England from 1996 to 2002. The study highlights wide disparities between peer-group ability in different schools. However, contrary to popular opinion, almost nothing has changed over these years in terms of the way pupils of different age-11 abilities are sorted into different secondary schools.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Urban Studies Journal Limited
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2008 16:41
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2024 19:48

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