We learnt yesterday that the Conservatives are considering allowing schools to select by race in order to tackle any problems of racial segregation in ethnically mixed towns and cities.
This morning’s Daily Mail quotes David Willetts as saying:
"There are parts of England where our towns are divided by race and religion into two very distinct groups… We are keen to invite a whole range of charities and organisations to set up academies. In those communities which are deeply divided we could use the creation of new academies to improve links between the communities by setting the aim of recruiting students from both those communities. No one can be forced to apply for a school and we don’t want to bus children around. But we do see potential for a positive role in tackling the growing ethnic segregation in our schools."
The Mail points out that four out of nine secondaries in Jack Straw’s Blackburn attract more than 90% of the school registers from just one ethnic community.