Bristol - Experts help raise the bar for minority pupils

14th May 2010 at 01:00

Bristol teachers have been working alongside experts to help boost the achievement of black and minority ethnic (BME) children.

The visiting professionals were in the city for the annual Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (Hope) conference.

In Bristol, 28 per cent of secondary school pupils and 32 per cent of children in primaries are from BME backgrounds.

A report by the Institute of Community Cohesion was published last year to help plan the future of education and children's services in light of the city's changing population.

Annie Hudson, strategic director for children, young people and skills at Bristol City Council, said: "Work to continue to support the educational achievement of children from black and minority ethnic backgrounds is a priority. An action plan is in place to tackle a history of underachievement by children and young people from some ethnic groups.

"This includes work to boost career paths for potential leaders, activities and master-classes for black or minority ethnic students and the promotion of understanding of different cultures by linking schools from different parts of the city."

Last year, Bristol launched a leadership programme for BME teachers in partnership with the University of the West of England and the Visions of Esteem education consultancy. KM.

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