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Call to help black pupils achieve
pupils in class
The 'Tell it like it is' campaign wants action for minority pupils
A group calling for the provision of better education for black children is due to deliver a petition to 10 Downing Street.

The "Tell it like it is" campaigners will hand over a list of measures they want to see implemented in schools.

The group wants to raise the performance of ethnic minority pupils in schools and public examinations.

The campaign comes as figures from last year's GCSE results show a notable improvement in ethnic minority results.

The proportion of black Caribbean and African pupils achieving good GCSE results rose to 45% from 39%, according to figures released by the government in March.

Kwame Kwei-Armah in his BBC One Casualty role
Kwame Kwei-Armah is joining the campaign

Achievement has risen in most minority ethnic groups, with the results of Pakistani, Indian, and Bangladeshi pupils also up.

The highest achievers at GCSE level are Chinese pupils - 81% of whom achieved five good GCSE grades last year.

Six-point charter

The "Tell it like it is" campaign has devised a six-point charter to hand over to the government.

The charter calls for:

  • needs-led funding for schools
  • an end to the "disproportionate" exclusion rate for black pupils
  • anti-racism training for current and prospective teachers and a strategy for increasing the number of teachers from minority groups
  • an enriching curriculum reflecting the backgrounds of all pupils
  • well-resourced comprehensive schools and colleges
  • full implementation of the recommendations of the Stephen Lawrence report.

    Playwright and former BBC Casualty actor Kwame Kwei-Armah, who is part of the campaign, said: "We've been complaining about these problems for a long time and now the community is getting organised to do something about it.

    "Positive change is a must, unless we want to end up like the United States where there are more black men in prison than there are in college."

    The campaign has come about following the publication of a new book, Tell it like it is: How our schools fail black children.




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