Children of migrants have helped improve results in English schools, education minister Liz Truss has said.

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She told MPs Polish youngsters had contributed to a boost in results in some subjects in her South West Norfolk constituency.

And Ms Truss said she completely disagreed with Labour shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt “making implications” that high migration had an impact on pupils’ academic performance.

Mr Hunt last month noted there was a “growing issue of white British boys not getting the education they want”, highlighting suburban coastal districts in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Kent.

He added: “It doesn’t matter that these are white boys. It’s not about the colour of their skin. It is a grouping that we know we have an issue with.”

Replying to a question from former shadow minister Diane Abbott, Ms Truss 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 and I completely disagree with your leader (shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt) in making implications about the impact of migrants on academic performance.”

Ms Abbott had asked the minister during education questions: “On the question of take-up of academic subjects at GCSE and A Level, do you accept that we should all be careful about making a direct link between educational under-achievement in our coastal towns and part of East Anglia and recent high levels of Eastern European migration?

“Because there were educational challenges in those areas long before Eastern Europeans showed up and children of immigrant descent can be some of the most aspirational children in our schools system.”

Ms Truss said she “absolutely agreed” with Labour MP Ms Abbott.

19 comments

  • Morris, I must be ready different comments to you as I can see no r**ist comments, as you put it, like others I am trying to understand the "constructive accountancy" that seem to have been applied. I am sure that if the comments were r**ist then they would not have been published.

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    Mr T

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Have the rest of the evening off John.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • So we won't need any more acadamies then?

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    guella

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Wouldn't surprise me at all. A lot of migrants from Eastern Europe value education, unlike some of our feckless nationals who seem to take extraordinary pride in underachieving.

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    Betty Swallocks

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • the coalition in two years have let in another one million immigrants . . Add that to the millions labour let in and its no wonder there is one million british youths unemployed who are also struggling to get housed in a housing crisis . The coalition have the same mass immigration policies as the last labour goverment. Our youth need to be put first in these hard times and only a vote for ukip will see that happen

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    milecross

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Utter nonsense from the minister.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • " Some subjects" she says. Polish written and spoken perhaps?

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    stormy

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Paragraph taken from an Ofsted report in 2013. Pupils who speak English as a second language tend to make better progress than other pupils especially in reading and writing. This is largely due to the support they receive in smaller groups!!! Maybe this could give a clue as to why emigrants have helped improve results in some subjects Ms Truss.

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    kyvic

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • May we actually have the figures Ms Truss. Knowing your interest in forcing every child in Britain to study theoretical mathematics which is about as much use as awarding each of them a chocolate teapot you may like to provide us who have studied maths the statistics on which you base this lavish statement. Otherwise we simply do not believe you.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Precisely ....suggest you look up the meaning of r**ism and then you will understand my comment.

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    Sportswagon

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • That Ofsted report is also utter nonsense.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • The real problem is those who let the French and Dutch immigrants from whom you are pretty much all descended in about 800 years ago. When Norfolk was pretty much uninhabited the general standard of intelligence was much higher.

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    Capac Raimi

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • In all honesty Norman I'm not sure. My real name is rather less colourful.

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    Capac Raimi

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • So we won't need any more acadamies then?

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    guella

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • If Polish youngsters had contributed to a boost in results in some subjects then surely this is giving a false reflection of the performance of English youngsters? I think Miss Truss is your classic example of promotion to a level above one's competence, a bit like Osborne.

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    Honest John

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Raimi, fine name I wonder where it originates. Being as you are so interested in the history of this land. Our ancestors being of a higher intelligence than today, you could well be right. Modern history shows that we ,as a Nation, have made some very unintelligent decisions. One for example was to declare war over what was it again? Oh yes , the invasion of Poland. It seems that you are correct , our ancestors would have been far smarter that act in such a manner.

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    norman hall

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Sadly another politician using smoke and mirrors to give a misleading impression. Children of migrants may perform well in our schools, they may or may not even raise the overall results of those schools. However this can only be to the detriment of the indigenous children, who find themselves in bigger classes than would otherwise be the case, with teachers who have to spend more time helping those who do not have English as a first language. I would be amazed if Ms Truss can supply data to show improved results among indigenous kids as a result of sharing a classroom with migrant kids, which is what she is implying.

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    Gazcon

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • SAD........typical r**ist comments as usual!

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Capac Raimi. You made insulting remarks about the intelligence of todays Norfolk inhabitants. You bought history into the discussion. Perhaps you might like to use facts instead of just using insults to further your argument. As for our past immigration and from whence we came ,I suggest you further study our history.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

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