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Issues that present themselves in mainly ‘white’ areas


Research into mainly white schools published by the DfES in 2002 concluded:
  • Diversity within the minority ethnic population must be recognised and respected. 'One size fits all' approaches create additional problems for minority ethnic pupils and their parents.

  • Many teachers in mainly white schools minimise the significance and value of cultural and ethnic diversity.

  • Many minority ethnic pupils, in consequence, are discouraged from appreciating and expressing important aspects of their identity and heritage.

  • Mainly white schools are frequently not sufficiently aware of racism in the school population and in the local neighbourhood.

For isolated bilingual learners there are additional challenges:

  • Lack of peer or adult support in sustaining their first language in school

  • Isolation from religious, cultural and community language activities

  • Lack of multilingual resources and culturally appropriate contexts for learning

  • Parents having to give priority to English for economic mobility and acceptance

  • Developing competence in English is often accompanied by loss of competency in pupil’s first language




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