Headlines: July 28th, 1998

The ingredients of what makes a successful multi-ethnic public service have been highlighted in a new report.

The report follows a year long study undertaken by the Open University, who visited 11 primary and 18 secondary schools across the country already noted as being successful in meeting the educational needs and aspirations of their African-Caribbean, Bangladeshi and Pakistani pupils.

Previous research has identified that it is these groups who are not reaching their full potential.

The report identified that the make-up of schools achieving success needed a strong and determined lead on equal opportunities by the headteacher, and the ability of staff to listen to and learn from parents in order to enlist their raised expectation of attainment from their children.

A clear system for targeting and tracking individual student progress was also seen as an important ingredient.

Schools Minister Estelle Morris said: “This research project highlights the strategies successful schools have adopted in trying to meet the needs of their ethnic minority pupils and to raise their achievements.”

The report, Teaching and Learning Strategies in Successful Multi-Ethnic Schools is part of the DfEE Research Report series (RR59) and costs four pounds 94 pence. The research brief is available free on the internet at www.dfee.gov.uk/.