Educational Inequality

Closing the gap

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Format:
Paperback / softback, 230 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
ISBN:
9781858568799
Published:
1 Jul 2019
Imprint:
Trentham Books

Price: £19.99

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What if disadvantage need not correlate with poor academic achievement? If instead of researching the ‘underachieving’ groups (minorities, children for whom English is not their home language, and children of families in poor socioeconomic circumstances) you look at what works in schools to raise the attainment of all these groups, the results are compelling.

This inspiring book is grounded in Feyisa Demie’s meticulous research and analysis of the high expectations and targeted interventions by schools in one poor inner-city local authority. Schools once in special measures are transformed to ‘Outstanding’ by gifted leadership, effective teachers who mirror the school’s intake, and a governing body and community of parents all working towards the same goals.This LA’s schools raise their children’s attainment at Key Stage 2 and GCSE to levels that far surpass the national average and allow students to access top universities.

  • Feyisa Demie

    Dr Feyisa Demie is head of research and adviser for school self-evaluation at Lambeth local authority. He is an Honorary Fellow at Durham University School of Education.

CONTENTS: 1. Introduction; 2. The achievement gap: the empirical evidence; 3. The case study schools; 4. Closing the achievement gap for disadvantaged children; 5. Raising the achievement of ethnic-minority children; 6. Raising the achievement of children with English as an additional language; 7. What works; References; Index

‘A timely and important book that provides positive messages and a rich evidence base to inform and guide school leaders, teachers and policy makers. It should become essential reading for all concerned to address the equity gap in student achievement with well founded research and evidence based approaches.’

Pamela Sammons, Emeritus Professor, Department of Education, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow Jesus College

‘This important book moves from a widespread review of evidence to the essential work of improving schools and outcomes in one large London authority. By focussing on areas of undoubted success for disadvantaged children, students from ethnic minorities, and additional language learners, Dr Demie offers measurable ways forward for successful education. Others take note.’

Professor Stephen Gorard, University of Durham

‘Dr Feyisa Demie's book identifies some excellent practice in inner-city schools and provides "what works" evidence for teachers and policymakers to use to address educational inequality.'

Christabel McLean, former headteacher and local authority school improvement adviser