Minority Ethnic Language and Achievement Project (MELAP) is an initiative supporting pupils aged 11-19 whose home language is not English.
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MELAP was expected to achieve three aims:
- raise attainment and tackle the risk of underachievement among black and minority ethnic (BME) groups of young people.
- improve equality of opportunity to future employment and employability for BME young people through improved engagement in education and training.
- build on existing monitoring and evaluation systems to effectively measure achievement and engagement levels of the targeted pupils assisted.
As such the evaluation covered the following aspects:
- the extent at which MELAP has met the European Social Funds (ESF) requirements.
- assesses the effectiveness of MELAP in meeting its aims, objectives and targets.
- examples of good practice in providing assistance to relevant pupils.
- identifying lessons learnt to inform any continuation or potential expansion of the programme.
- The evaluation highlighted some issues around the design and development of the project which led to difficulties for some local authorities in expanding and adapting their activities.
- Evaluators concluded that ESF funding has enabled more pupils to be assisted and for additional means of assistance to be provided.
- Evidence suggests that MELAP has contributed to an increase of educational attainment of pupils with English as an Additional Language needs.
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