London Effect



Britain remains the most lucrative destination for migrants. Nearly half of the UK’s migrants live in London and a third of London’s residents were born abroad.

London has the best GCSE results in England, well above the nation wide average. Between 2003 and 2011 London moved from being the lowest performing of England’s nine regions for GCSE results to the highest performing, and it has stayed there.

Research into the “London effect”, which sees the capital’s schools outperforming the rest of the country in their GCSEs, puts the achievement down to the diverse ethnic make-up of its schools. London’s GCSE results are due to the large numbers of teenagers from high performing ethnic groups especially from families of recent migrants. White British pupils make up just a third of 16-year-olds in London compared with 84 per cent in the rest of England. In London, 34.7 per cent of the population was born abroad and arrived before the year 2000. The research also explains that schools with a diverse pupil population performed significantly better than those filled with white British children.

The best way to measure how a school, or a city-wide school system, fares is to look at pupil progress. On average, pupils in London score eight GCSE grade points higher than the rest of England relative to their performance at the age of 11. According to a survey, the East Asian pupils put in an extra six hours of study at home each week.

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