Schools And Community Hubs Of The Borough Of M And Its Local Community

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Schools, particularly in London boroughs are known to host “community hubs” (Brech, 2014) within which a broad range of cultures meet and integrate, and new arrivals are supported to facilitate achievement. As microcosms of society, schools foster attitudes and behaviours that children impart in the wider community, therefore strong links between schools and communities are vital to ensure the success of all students, especially those belonging to an ethnic minority (EM). As outlined in the Teacher’s Standards, effectively communicating with parents in regards to achievement is expected of the teacher (DfE 2011), and Ofsted are required to inspect how well staff “understand and evaluate the impact of their work in engaging parents”, (Ofsted 2010) to raise student attainment, particularly ethnic minority achievement (EMA).
This inquiry investigated the links between an all-girls comprehensive school in the London borough of M and its local community, to evaluate how attainment levels of ethnic minority students could be improved. For ethical considerations, the school and its borough will be anonymised. School X holds 1180 pupils aged 11-16, of which 45.8% are entitled to free school meals (FSM) and 78.6% of pupils have English as an Additional language (EAL) (DfE, 2015). Borough M is joint first as being the most diverse borough in London (London’s Poverty Profile 2015), and School X represents this statistic as approximately 95% of students belong to an ethnic minority…

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