Tag Archives: educational opportunity

Poorest children, richest teaching

Ruth Luptonpost by RUTH LUPTON
Professor of Education, University of
Manchester

It is hard to find anyone these days who disagrees with the idea that educational opportunities should be equalised or that the poorest kids should get the richest teaching.   After all, more equal outcomes demand not just that the quality of the educational experience is the same in all schools, but that it is better in places where learners are more likely to be disengaged or held back by material, social or emotional disadvantages.  So how can we make this happen? Continue reading Poorest children, richest teaching

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Children’s Zones…Children’s Communities

Liz Toddpost by LIZ TODD
Professor of Educational Inclusion at Newcastle University

We must reduce the educational attainment ‘gap’! I agree – 21% of the poorest fifth managing to gain five good GCSEs compared to 75% of the top quintile is unacceptable. Recent government strategy has been to provide schools with a ‘pupil premium’, money for each child receiving free school meals, for the school to use on interventions that raise attainment. I know from our DfE funded research that this is extremely valuable for many schools, although for others it does not come near making up for the fall in funding. Not all children on free school meals underachieve and schools have been wise in the targeting of support to those who need it. But we need a different solution to really make a difference. Continue reading Children’s Zones…Children’s Communities

Education, justice and democracy: the struggle over ignorance and opportunity

Stephen Ballpost by STEPHEN J BALL
Institute of Education, University of London

The history of English education is very much a history of social class and the 1944 Education Act, the wartime government’s response to the great evil of ignorance, did little to interrupt that history, rather it brought about a very modest loosening of the relationship between social class and educational opportunity. This was partly in relation to the raising of the school leaving age and partly by allowing some working class students access to grammar schooling via the 11+ examination system. Continue reading Education, justice and democracy: the struggle over ignorance and opportunity

Are girls losing out? Educational issues for Muslim, black and minority ethnic migrant girls

Heidi-Mirza1post by HEIDI SAFIA MIRZA
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Girls remain largely absent from educational discourse, eclipsed by an ongoing media and policy obsession with the ‘boys underachievement debate’.  The  concern is now on the lower achievement of boys, particularly African Caribbean and white working-class boys and, more recently, in the wake of the Trojan Horse fiasco in Birmingham, the threat of Islamic extremism among Muslim boys. The ‘post feminist’ complacency that there has been an overall improvement in the performance of girls in schools, which is seen at the expense of boys, masks the real educational difficulties faced by girls from working-class minority ethnic backgrounds. Continue reading Are girls losing out? Educational issues for Muslim, black and minority ethnic migrant girls