The Oldham riots and its socially segregated schools: a warning to the rest of the nation...
Posted: 08 Jun, 2011
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This short documentary, which I made stitching together various footage (which is allowed under the "fair use" copyright clause) and adding some of my own, explains why social segregation is a real problem in UK schools. It looks at Oldham's schools and how they contributed towards the riots in 2001. Recent research by Bristol University suggests the situation has not improved in Oldham's schools. The documentary then looks at the rest of the UK and points out that the government's education policies, which aim to turn every school into their own admissions' authority, will make social segregation worse, not better. It ends with a call for a real debate about this.