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Diverse classes 'can be less tolerant'

Greater diversity in the classroom does not always lead to increased ethnic tolerance among pupils, according to a study from London University's Institute of Education. Researchers have found that white children are less well disposed towards immigrant children when they are doing well in school. Dr Jan Germen Janmaat of the LLAKES Centre looked at the relationship between tolerance and classroom diversity in England, Germany and Sweden. Sweden had the highest tolerance levels and Germany the lowest of the three countries.

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