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  • SIRIUS Final Conference Report: Making schools matter for all

    Education remains a critical element of government policy in the twenty-first century. A society with strong educational outcomes will have a better chance for economic and social development, and realize the potential of its citizens. Strong education systems allow societies to become equitable and meritocratic at the same time in a balanced way, facilitating both social mobility and inclusion. Education […]
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  • England: African Caribbean Diversity

    We recognise the links between the underachievement of second generation children in education and the resulting difficulties they had getting into the labour market. In order to tackle this, since 2003 we have been running a Mentoring and Enrichment Programme that aims to close the attainment gap between children with a migrant background and native children, particularly for those of low-income families. Our overarching objective is to improve the social mobility of state-schooled children of African and Caribbean descent through mentoring by City workers.
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  • SIRIUS Policy Briefs: Recommendations for successful policies on migrant education

    While many countries in Europe have high-quality, well-established education systems, socio-economically disadvantaged communities across the continent suffer from inequality of access and lower-quality education. Children from these groups, including children with a migrant background—those who are immigrants themselves or have immigrant parents—tend to underperform in the classroom compared with their native peers. Children from a migrant background (defined here as from […]
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  • Building Learning Societies: Investing in Education and Lifelong Learning

    A roundtable on 2 December brought together policy makers, civil society organisations, government representatives and researchers to discuss the timely topic of investment in education. As a background document for the roundtable discussions SOLIDAR launched its new publication, “Building learning societies: investing in education and lifelong learning” with its country monitoring reports of 12 Member States and recommendations for both national and […]
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