Enabling every child to fulfill his or her potential is at the heart of the Government's drive to raise school standards. Many young people from minority ethnic backgrounds achieve at the highest level, but for some groups, the gaps remain unacceptably wide. Particular combinations of pupil characteristics can indicate that a child is especially vulnerable. For example, currently Black Caribbean boys eligible for free school meals (FSM) are amongst those making the slowest progress.
There is no single intervention that achieves the best possible results for every disadvantaged or minority ethnic child, but evidence does show that schools are independently important for narrowing attainment gaps.
Research suggests that schools which are successful in raising the attainment of minority ethnic pupils share broadly similar approaches to the creation of a genuinely inclusive school community. This is true whether their intake is highly diverse or predominantly white.
These schools are strongly committed to an ethos that stresses:
The ways in which schools create such an ethos differ according to individual contexts and specific needs, but the vision remains essentially the same.
The information on this page has been designed to support minority ethnic attainment and illustrate some of the ways in which schools have successfully narrowed attainment gaps.
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