Raise the Standard: A Practical Handbook for Raising Ethnic Minority and Bilingual Pupils' Achievement Based on Successful Policy and Practice in Cities Across the European Community

Cities all across Europe are trying to meet the challenge of pluralist society, especially in education. The DIECEC Network of 18 cities starts from a positive attitude to diversity and to transnational cooperation in its work on raising the standards of black and bilingual pupils. It has a whole-community and multi-level approach to ensuring that schools endorse the richness and diversity of people from differing linguistic, faith, cultural and social heritages. This practical guide is a synthesis of proven practical measures that have improved pupils' school performance. Virtually all the approaches and actions are relevant to the needs of a broader group of disadvantaged pupils living in areas of multiple stress in urban or rural areas.