30th September 2017

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME)


BME (Black and Minority Ethnic)– also often referred to as BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) – describes those from cultural backgrounds other than White British, which in the UK is the majority ethnic group.

National data shows that although many BME children perform as well as and sometimes better than their majority ethnic peers, progress slows from the end of KS2 onwards and there is significant underachievement at KS3 and KS4.

Black heritage pupils are also over represented in school exclusions.

For these reasons schools are required to monitor this group as a ‘vulnerable cohort’.


  • Posters of BAME women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths here and here
  • Race equality books here

Black Lives Matter

As schools do their best to support pupils and families to understand and manage the aftermath of the tragic death of George Floyd in the US, Better Bilingual would like to highlight some new and historic resources to help with the #BLM agenda. Check out this BME page regularly for a variety of recommended Race Equality resources to use with children and families.

Parents’ Guide to Black Lives Matter –

This highly recommended guide includes ‘Resources, Activities and Tips for Families to empower children to work towards racial equality’. It could be equally useful for supporting teachers and school leaders as well as parents and carers:



Windrush Day

On Monday June 22, the UK will mark the second ever Windrush Day, the date the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in 1948, bringing with it more than 1,000 passengers from the West Indies who would transform British culture for the better. The call for an official Windrush Day began with author Patrick Vernon, who wrote in the Guardian in 2010 that the date represents ‘a powerful and iconic symbol of the rise of modern-day multicultural Britain’. Vernon began a petition to have June 22 recognised as a national holiday in 2013 but it wasn’t until 2019 that June 22 was officially observed as ‘Windrush Day’, giving us a chance to honour and commemorate the Windrush Generation and their legacy.


Why not use this excellent PowerPoint to celebrate Windrush Day 2020 with your pupils?


St Pauls’ Carnival – 22nd June until 4th July 2020

The vibrancy of Carnival will begin on the 22nd June 2020 with two weeks of online fringe events – preparing you for the day itself, culminating with a massive celebration on Carnival Day on 4th July 2020.

Carnival’s history, cultural significance and vibrancy are too important for Bristol to lose. Keep spirits up with us!

Spread the word of Bristol’s digital Carnival. We’ll be sharing more info soon so keep your eyes peeled…’



Click here to read our ideas on how to celebrate Black History month this October


BME Training Opportunities


Currently, Better Bilingual offers the following training to support this work, on request:

‘The duty to promote British values: issues for schools’

By the end of the session you will have increased your understanding of:

– The background to the government’s decision to require schools to promote British values

– A range of good practice to promote British values

“Supporting Equality: valuing ethnicity, culture and language in children’s learning”

By the end of the session you will have developed your confidence and understanding of…

…the context of this work

…the importance of valuing the ethnicity, culture and language of all children

…a range of good practice to support equality, inclusion and cultural diversity in your school

‘Supporting Equality: ensuring the attainment of Black heritage pupils’

By the end of the session you will have increased your confidence and understanding of:

– Issues affecting Black achievement

– How to address underachievement in pupils of Black heritage

To discuss any of the above and arrange a training session in your setting please contact: info@betterbilingual.co.uk