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Hill et al. (2007) Inter‐ethnic relations among children at school: the perspectives of young people in Scotland

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Hill et al. (2007) deliver a fascinating insight into the views of children and their perceptions of ethnicity in the school environment. The study captures the opinions of both white and ethnic minority children as they make the important transition from primary to secondary school. Although there were some exceptions, most children expressed the view that their cultural or religious differences were respected by their schools. Teachers too emerged as being free from racist behaviour but regarded by some children as responding inadequately to incidences of racism. Some respondents voiced the opinion that some teachers exhibited favouritism. However, for the majority of ethnic minority children, ethnic background played little part in terms of achievement, making friends and attitudes towards school. See also Deuchar and Bhopal (2013) who explore issues face by Traveller children and include the children’s own experiences of attending school.

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Hill, M., Graham, C., Caulfield, C., Ross, N. and Shelton, A. (2007) Inter‐Ethnic Relations among Children at School: the perspectives of young people in Scotland. European Journal of Education, Vol.42(2), pp.267-279.

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