Simon Burgess

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    Integrating the next generation: how school composition affects inter-ethnic attitudes

Integrating the next generation: how school composition affects inter-ethnic attitudes

Drawing on new research, Simon Burgess and Lucinda Platt argue that greater mixing of pupils from different ethnicities would be beneficial for social integration.

Social cohesion is high on the political agenda. Understanding how to foster social integration is central to the recently-published Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper and to the Mayor of London’s Social Integration Strategy. A particular interest […]

Free Schools may not act as a spur to higher standards, but could become incubators for radical new teaching ideas.

As the first batch of Free Schools open their doors for the start of the academic year, Rebecca Allen and Simon Burgess question their potential to drive up standards through market competition, instead concluding that there may be some unintended consequences in promoting radical new teaching ideas. As children start their lessons in the twenty four Free Schools opening this week, a new experiment begins […]