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Mixed race 'fastest growing minority'

By Karlene Pinnock
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"Best of both", "pick and mix", "Asian", "half-breed" and "coloured" - they are just some of the names mixed race people say they've been called.

The mixed race group is the fastest growing ethnic minority group in the UK and is expected to become the largest by 2020.

Britain has one of the highest rates of interracial relationships in the western world.

If government watchdog figures are right, mixed race Britons will overtake Indian people to become the UK's largest ethnic minority group within 25 years, reaching 1.24 million.

Seventeen-year-old Seeder is from Manchester. She said: "I actually expected mixed raced people to be the biggest ethnicity.

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Crime statistics

"Mixed raced isn't just one race like me, English and Jamaican, there's so many different mixes of so many different races."

The latest official statistics available show mixed race people are more likely to be victims of crime than any other ethnic minority.

The risk of being the victim of a racially-motivated crime is also higher.

Dani thinks more needs to be done to educate everyone about the UK's fastest growing ethnic minority group.

"I remember my teacher describing me as coloured and I was like actually not really fond of that one," she said.

"We need to start looking at how we can make things more multicultural and I think the education system's going to be a biggie."

Community cohesion

Ofsted, the body which inspects schools, tests them on their approach to what they call community cohesion, where pupils learn about other cultures.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) thinks some schools are only doing the minimum requirement in order to pass the test.

That involves pupils learning about other cultures. Tim Benson from the NAHT doesn't think that is enough.

He said: "Some schools probably need to do more than that minimum and not be just satisfied with it.

"The temptation for head teachers, I guess, will be to just do what's required to get through the test rather than do what's good for their school or community."

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