Changing Life Chances: Practical Projects and Endeavours in by Robin Richardson

By Robin Richardson

The hyperlink among a child’s history and their likelihood of good fortune in school and in later lifestyles is understood to be robust. however it isn't the picking factor–schools can and do make a true distinction to studying results. This ebook describes a number of potent functional tasks in colleges and the foundations underlying sturdy practice.

Chapters consider
* problems with social classification and socio-economic disadvantage
* concerns when it comes to ethnicity, gender and disability
* detailed academic needs
* the wishes of adolescents from Gypsy, Roma and vacationer backgrounds
* a venture on language, specially the concept that of educational language
* enhancing academics’ expectancies and assumptions
* transition preparations among fundamental and secondary schools.

The booklet is a follow-up to the best-selling Trentham handbooks through Robin Richardson: Here, There and Everywhere (2005) and Holding Together (2009). It has an analogous attractive structure, with a lot use of case-studies, tales and pithy quotations. so much, notwithstanding no longer all, of the sensible examples are drawn from one neighborhood authority, Derbyshire, yet are of vast relevance and curiosity, either nationally and the world over.

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Why are some people so much poorer or richer than others? Why do the children of those who are richer do so much better at school than those who are poorer? Are such differences fixed in the natural order of things, and can nothing much be done about them? Or are they changeable? If so, should they be changed? Why? And how? What, in any case, is the role of schools? To what extent and in what ways can they at least mitigate the most harmful effects of poverty? Teachers have to ask and discuss such questions, both as individuals and collectively, before they make choices between specific practical options.

7. Teach more about controversial issues in the locality and in wider society. 8. Organise homework clubs, extended days, Saturday schools, summer schools, etc. 9. Organise more team teaching and partnership teaching. Place greater focus on both generic and subjectspecific thinking skills. Give more time to the visual and performing arts, including new media. Put more emphasis on key transition times, particularly primary/secondary transfer. Provide mentoring by adults who are not teachers. Older pupils acting as mentors, instructors and tutors for younger pupils.

And ‘many showed themselves obliging, and amiable too; and I discovered amongst them not a few examples of natural politeness, and innate self-respect, as well as of excellent capacity, that won my good-will 23 CHANGING LIFE CHANCES and my admiration ... ’ Her reflections are a vivid reminder of the concept of teacher expectations, and of the fact that the expectations of teachers are bound up with, and much influenced by, expectations in wider society. 1 are a reminder of the positive expectations that can and do exist, and can be nourished in spite of negativity in wider society.

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