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This resource kit, which can be used with an accompanying videotape and written materials, shows how three English secondary schools have succeeded in raising the achievement of their ethnic minority students by increasing expectations of what each student is capable of, valuing diversity, working in partnership with parents, and encouraging students to believe in themselves and take responsibility for their own learning. The resource is designed to be used in a range of settings (e.g., whole-school training sessions, small discussion groups, and individual induction programs). The kit focuses on having high expectations for students, creating a positive school culture and ethos, tackling prejudice and promoting inclusion, mentoring students, involving parents in their children's schools, providing academic support, and conducting ethnic monitoring to identify problems and shortcomings in the educational system. It also focuses on the issues of high expectations, school culture and ethos, parental involvement, and how to monitor academic results, truancy levels, and suspensions by ethnicity. (SM)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cultural Awareness, Diversity (Student), Educational Environment, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Mentors, Minority Group Children, Parent Participation, Racial Bias, School Culture, Secondary Education

DfES Publications, Department for Education and Skills, England, United Kingdom. Tel: 0845-60-222-60; e-mail: dfes[at] For full text: oving the Barriers.PDF.

Autor: Department for Education and Skills, London England.


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