Boarding schools struggle to deal with race ‘ghettoes’ with foreign children now forming a third of boarders

A report in the Independent is claiming that Britain’s public schools are dividing into race “ghettos” as boarders from overseas struggle to integrate with other pupils…

Teachers are now being given training sessions in how to cope with integrating the children of foreigners who often only want to be with others of the same nationality. Another common problem is “paying customer syndrome” where the offspring of the super-rich refuse to do their own housework and expect hotel service from boarding staff.

The proportion of pupils who are sent to British boarding schools from overseas has been steadily increasing. Now 24,000 of the UK’s 68,000 boarding school pupils are foreign.

The Boarding Schools Association (BSA) has been holding training sessions to help schools cope with the increasing proportion of pupils who come from abroad. Teachers attending reported that ghettos of Chinese and Russian children often form where pupils are reluctant to mix with other nationalities

Alex Thomson, BSA’s Director of Training, said: “There’s always an issue of making sure your boarding house or pupils integrate. If you’ve got overseas students from China and English is not their first language it’s very easy that they chat away on their own in Mandarin.”…

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It would be interesting to know how much the culture at boarding schools really is changing because of the growth in proportion of overseas students and what impact, if any, it is having on other students. Any insights? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…

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