Oct 23 CEHD International Speaker Series


Strategies for Improving the Educational Achievement of Ethnic Minority Students 

October 23rd, 2017
Burton Hall, Room 227

Many schools in the UK, particularly in urban areas serve very ethnically diverse communities. In London, these communities also frequently experience with high levels of deprivation and poverty. Despite this, parents of the schools where we work are ambitious for their children and recognise that education is key to better life chances and that the schools are the key agent for change in this respect. The main ethnic groups in our schools are Indian, Pakistani, Somali, Afghani, Eastern European and GRT (Gypsy, Roma Traveller). Most of the students are second or third generation immigrants to the UK and are the first generation in their families to aspire to go to university.

Some of the challenges that the schools face are parent and community engagement, comparison with national performance measures, the achievement of boys, and teacher recruitment and retention. The schools have worked very hard to improve the education outcomes and both schools are now rated as Outstanding by OFSTED – the national school inspectorate. Peter Stumpf will discuss the context, challenges and strategies that have worked to ensure sustained school improvement. He will also draw upon the experiences and expertise of the 14 teachers that are traveling with him from Cranford and Berkeley.

Peter Stumpf is Associate Headteacher at Cranford Community College and Berkeley Primary School located in West London. He has held Senior Leadership posts in London schools which serve a diverse community with many socio-economic challenges including refugee and asylum seeker families that have just arrived to the UK from war zones around the world (Somalia, Afghanistan). Mr. Stumpf has been a practising Ofsted School Inspector for over 11 years and oversees Cranford’s Teaching School Alliance which focuses on training new teachers for London schools across all subjects and age ranges. He has taught in ethnically diverse schools in London as a Social Science and Religious Education teacher having studied Theology at the London Centre for Theological Studies in the early 90s. Mr. Stumpf has a Masters Degree in School Leadership, as well as an MBA from the Institute of Education, University of London . Mr. Stumpf has studied high performing education systems around the world and represented the UK on the US State Department European School Administrators Program.

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