Schools also have a specific duty to monitor and assess how their policies affect minority ethnic pupils, staff and parents.

The National Curriculum requires teachers to plan for the diverse learning and pastoral needs of pupils from all social and cultural backgrounds. The new secondary curriculum gives schools greater flexibility to tailor learning to pupils’ learners’ needs. The primary curriculum review is likely to give primary schools similar flexibility.

The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 places a duty on schools to promote equality of opportunity, tackle racial discrimination and promote good relations between different communities.

Aiming High: Raising the Achievement of Minority Ethnic Pupils is a strategy to tackle the under-achievement of minority ethnic pupils, including the children of asylum seekers and refugees. All children and young people should be able to achieve their potential, whatever their ethnic and cultural background and whichever school they attend.

The Children Act 2004 and Every Child Matters: Change for Children outline the responsibility of schools to ensure the well-being and progress of all children by working together more effectively with other agencies and services.

The information above is adapted from the Refugee Toolkit. Visit the site for additional information about improving pupil performance. 

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