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Raising Achievement of Somali Pupils: Good Practice in London Schools

The joint research, led by Lambeth Council and commissioned by a pan-London group of local authorities, has found that despite a national trend of underperformance, Somali pupils in ten London schools have shown a dramatic rise in achievement over the last few years.

Researchers attribute the success to good practice, which they hope can be emulated in other schools to support the 35,000 Somali pupils in London and across the UK. In one case study secondary school the number of Somali pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades rose from 27 percent in 1994 to 100 percent in 2007.

In another primary school, 94 percent of Somali pupils who entered the school a few years ago with well below average scores achieved a level 4 or above in English and Science, despite English not being their first language.

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