Migrants have improved school standards in London – Michael Gove

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19th March 2017

Immigration has been a driving force behind London’s high achievement in school standards, leading Brexiteer Michael Gove has said.

Michael Gove said it was “undeniably the case” that other regions have lower levels of migration and lower educational performance.
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The former education secretary said migrant parents’ “extraordinarily” high expectations had helped improve standards in the capital.

Mr Gove also said it was “undeniably the case” that there were other examples of regions in England that had lower levels of migration and lower educational performance.

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"There's lots of evidence that London having become more diverse has contributed to educational standards rising," Mr Gove told the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai.

But he added that migration had also created pressure on public services, as he warned high levels could undermine the “sense of cohesion”.

"There have been rising class sizes and difficulty for some people getting their children into the school they wanted as new arrivals from other countries have made that more difficult,” he said.


Elsewhere Mr Gove insisted that he was “open-minded” about the prospect of expanding grammar schools.

But he said that Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, would have to assess whether there was any evidence to justify introducing the policy.

"The approach that one should take is not to be ideologically committed to any particular type of school but to ask 'Does the evidence justify the creation of a particular type of school?',” he said.

"And so, my commitment is to be open-minded about that."