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Entry to faith schools difficult for BAME pupils?

Entry to faith schools difficult for BAME pupils?

MINORITY ETHNIC and economically deprived families have a significantly reduced chance of getting their children into state funded Church schools, a new Department for Education commissioned study has revealed.

The research has been conducted by Dr Matthew Weldon of Lancaster University's Department of Economics. The study has looked at a number of towns and the largest cities in England, and explored newly available data revealing parents' preferred choice of secondary school and the school their children subsequently gained access to.

The report finds local children of a minority ethnic background or who are entitled to the pupil premium are less likely than others to successfully gain a place at oversubscribed schools which determine their own admissions arrangements, including at Church schools in particular.

The report says that: “If a white child and a black child apply for a single remaining seat at a Church school in London, the black child is less than half as likely to be admitted.”

It also states that: “In [London] a hypothetical comparison between a Pupil Premium child and a non-Pupil Premium child for a Church school place, the probability that the Pupil Premium child would not be admitted is 0.62.”

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