Diverse Futures, Equal chances: Funding ethnic minority achievement in education

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ISBN: 1 902466 47 0
Code: PR26
Pages: 36
Published: September 2005

It is vital that the Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant (EMAG) continues to support and meet the needs of ethnic minority pupils, especially asylum-seeking and refugee pupils who have become more mobile as a result of the government's dispersal policy. However, some anxieties have been expressed regarding EMAG and the Race Relations (Amendment) Act.

In response to these anxieties, ATL commissioned this report from the Institute for Public Policy Research to examine the issues and put forward recommendations for improvement.

ATL supports these recommendations, and believes the report will contribute towards addressing these concerns. ATL also believes it is absolutely essential for schools to take race equality and their duty under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 more seriously; schools are well placed to make a difference and have a real opportunity to contribute significantly to the race equality and social inclusion agendas. ATL is pleased that this report offers practical ideas regarding how EMAG could be reformed to even better serve its purpose and we therefore urge government to give serious consideration to its recommendations.

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