For Muslim pupils in Britain education may either provide opportunities for high achievement and social mobility or, conversely, reinforce low aspirations and social marginalisation.
This three-year project examined:
• the reasons underlying the school choices of Muslim parents in a range of geographical and social locations across the United Kingdom
• the educational experiences and attainment levels of Muslim pupils in different types of school and geographical locations
• the way in which pupils accommodate the influence of home, school and community within the process of identity formation
The research was conducted in England and Scotland where there is great local diversity in terms of the ethnicity and religious background of population, types of school and the diversity of involvement of religious authorities in school governance.