Minority Ethnic Language and Achievement Project (MELAP) is an initiative supporting pupils aged 11-19 whose home language is not English.

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.

Key points

  • 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.


Minority Ethnic Language and Achievement Project evaluation
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