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Last Updated: Sunday, 1 June, 2003, 09:15 GMT 10:15 UK
Pupils helped to improve results
Pupil at desk
Black and Asian pupils often lag behind white children
Under-achieving black and ethnic minority children in Leeds are to be given more support to improve their exam results.

It is part of a project by a new organisation called Reemap (Raising Ethnic Minority Achievement Partnership) supported by the education charity Learning Partnerships.

They say that at all key stages, pupils from Caribbean, African, Bangladeshi and Pakistani origins lag behind their white counterparts.

Reemap chairman Clinton Cameron said: "The educational performance of some pupils from black and ethnic minority communities is so atrocious that something has to be done."

Low aspirations

He added: "We hope to achieve a dramatic improvement in pupil performance within five years."

A number of reasons have been put forward for the poor performance by some students, including low aspirations of pupils and negative peer group pressure.

In an attempt to overcome these problems, booklets, videos and audio tapes will be created to tell pupils and parents about the importance of standard assessment tests (SATs).

Pupils not achieving will be offered extra classes in school holidays.

And training programmes will be devised for parents to assist their children at home.

Chris Edwards, the chief executive of Education Leeds, said he hoped the Reemap project will help close the "achievement gap" that currently exists.

He added: "This is a high priority for us all and this exciting project will certainly complement the good work already going on across the city."


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