By 1996 all secondary schools and three quarters of primary schools had at least some minority ethnic pupils. The majority of teachers across the country now expect to work with minority ethnic pupils at some point in their career.

This study looks at the factors that might affect the educational achievements of the minority ethnic pupils and investigates the situation from the perspectives of a range of minority ethnic pupils and parents.

Part 1 of the report focuses on questions about educational performance. Parts 2 and 3 focus on a small sample of schools in four regions of the country. In part 2 both white and minority ethnic pupils completed a questionnaire survey that explored their perceptions of life at school and of home support for their education. Part 3 focuses on minority ethnic children exclusively. The remaining chapters of the report provide a full account of the case study findings.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Results achieved by minority ethnic pupils in mainly white schools
  • Questionnaire survey in case study schools
  • The case study schools, the pupils and their families
  • Who am I and why am I here at this school?
  • Social environment in the community
  • Social environment at school
  • Curriculum issues
  • Religious Education, school assembly and non-Christian religious requirements
  • Language issues at school
  • Teachers
  • Home-school relationships
  • Children who have a mixed heritage background
  • Concluding thoughts
  • References