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Migrant children improving school results says minister (8 January 2014)

Date: 08/01/2014
Duncan Lewis, Legal News Solicitors, Migrant children improving school results says minister

According to education minster Liz Truss, children of migrants have had a positive impact on English schools and help to improve results at all age levels.

Ms Truss told MPs on Monday that Polish youngsters had contributed significantly to the education landscape in her South West Norfolk constituency and that they had in fact boosted results in a range of subjects at primary and secondary school level.

She said: “I certainly notice in schools in my constituency in Norfolk that actually emigrants from Poland, for example, have helped improve results in some subjects.”

Ms Truss added that she disagreed with recent comments made by shadow educational secretary, Tristram Hint that suggested that the influx of migrants from Eastern European countries had negatively influenced academic performance across the UK. Mr Hunt noted in December that white British boys were now struggling to get the education they wanted, particularly in areas such as Suffolk, Kent and Lincolnshire.

However, Ms Truss said it was not about race, as there were difficulties before the first wave of immigration a decade ago. She said: “There were educational challenges in those areas before Eastern Europeans showed up and children of immigrant descent can be some of the most inspirational children in our schools system.”

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