Briefing for SIPs: Aiming High strategy
All children and young people should be able to achieve their potential, whatever their ethnic or cultural background and whichever school they attend. However, such opportunities are unequal for many pupils who come from a minority ethnic background.
School census data confirms that the picture is complex. Chinese and Indian pupils achieve better than average examination results; Black Caribbean, Black African, Pakistani and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils do significantly worse.
We know from analysis of performance that socio-economic disadvantage is closely associated with low educational attainment. However, poverty is not the only factor that impacts on the achievement of minority ethnic pupils. Schools need to look closely at the impact of their policies, practices and procedure on minority ethnic pupils.
While most minority ethnic pupils live in ethnically diverse urban areas, many live in predominantly white areas of the country. Schools need to recognise and acknowledge the challenges that such isolation can create.
In November 2003 the DfES (now DCSF) announced a national strategy called Aiming High: Raising the Achievement of Minority Ethnic Pupils. The strategy includes 'mainstreaming' initiatives and targeted support focusing on developing strong leadership in schools; high-quality teaching and learning; high expectations to succeed in pupils and teachers; intolerance of racism; and working with parents and the wider community.
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