Immigrant students think that the school can help them succeed

Pupils who have immigrated to the UK have a significantly more positive attitude towards school than their peers whose parents were born here, new research has revealed.


Specialists from the University of Bristol and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) broke down information from more than 4,500 understudies aged 15 and 16 of every 204 schools in England* and discovered immigration status is a key driver of attitude.

Original outsiders – those conceived abroad and whose guardians have likewise conceived abroad – were observed to be 60% more positive about instruction and its advantages than the normal local understudy.

This state of mind makes them more spurred to succeed and is emphatically connected to scholastic accomplishment. Such a standpoint likewise might be infectious, analysts accept.

Professor Simon Burgess, from the Department of Economics at Bristol, said: “Our analysis clearly shows that immigrant students have a more positive attitude to education than native students.

“People who emigrate are naturally more aspirational and risk-taking. Such grit and determination is passed from parents to children and we’ve seen how this then manifests in the school environment.”

The exploration precluded the impact of the financial foundation, gender, guardians’ occupations and schools’ arrangements towards these understudies.

Of the students studied, nine percent revealed themselves as original settlers (conceived abroad) and nine percent as second-age workers (conceived in the UK yet their folks were conceived in another nation).

There was no indication of any distinctions in viewpoint amongst first and second-age foreigners.

Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren, from the Department of Social Policy at LSE, said: “We found that students in London have much better attitudes to education on average compared with students in the rest of the country, which is entirely accounted for by immigration status.

“This supports previous research showing the so-called ‘London effect’ is largely due to schools’ ethnic composition.”

The findings, published today [20 July], appear to explain why pupils in London achieve significantly better GCSE results than the rest of England.

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