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Praise for Liverpool’s ethnic minority pupils

PUPILS from ethnic minority communities are being praised for their success at GCSE and A level this year.

The council’s EMTAS – Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service – is part of School Improvement Liverpool, and works with BME communities across the city to promote educational achievement.

One of its projects is to promote community languages amongst BME communities, where there is traditionally a history of underachievement and many have English as a second language.

This year, 34 out of 47 entries gaining A* or A grades for Arabic, Bengali, Chinese and Polish while the rest all gained B and C results.

At A-level, 63 percent achieved A* or A grades in Arabic, English and Polish – compared with 49 percent last year.

Councillor Nick Small, Assistant Mayor of Liverpool and Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills said, “These are fantastic results and my congratulations go out to all the students on their achievement.

“I’m really proud of the work EMTAS does on community languages – it really does make a difference to those communities, who in the past have often underachieved educationally.

“My thanks to all the EMTAS staff, especially to our bilingual tutors Redwan Alsoraimi (Arabic), Luke So (Chinese), Alex Mrovik (Polish), Nagina Khandaker (Bengali tutor) and Steve Ruscoe our curriculum and pastoral support officer and Brenda Escoffery who co-ordinates the project.”

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