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Equity in education: Levelling the playing field of learning - a practical guide for teachers

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6th October 2023

Price: £16

Selected:  Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781398387447

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‘Comprehensive and groundbreaking.’ Dylan Wiliam

Equity in Education sets out a new equity-based approach in education to help teachers improve the prospects of under-resourced and working-class pupils.

The equity approach recognises that we must address our own cultural biases and barriers within the classroom, while helping to remove extra barriers to learning experienced by children outside schools. Based on thousands of research studies and years of working with expert teachers, the book sets out the principles and practical strategies for trainee teachers, teachers and teacher leaders.

Adopting an equity mindset involves four key principles:
· equity not equality – doing more to overcome the extra barriers some learners experience
· capacity not deficit thinking – recognising the talents in all pupils
· deep not shallow relationships – developing authentic individual relationships with pupils
· multiple not singular talents – acknowledging that human talents come in many forms.

Equity in Education also advocates the national policies that would enable teachers to prioritise an equitable approach and reduce divides between the education haves and have-nots.


Heather Parker, curriculum design manager, Teach First
In the post-pandemic world, much has been written about the widening of the educational attainment gap. But nothing describes the current state of affairs quite as powerfully as this book. In shining a light on persistent education inequalities, Lee Elliot Major and Emily Briant not only draw our attention to these stark divides, but crucially, they also show us a way forward. They present practical steps that teachers can take to make their own classrooms more equitable. And they offer school leaders a lens through which to make strategic decisions that could alter the life chances of children in their schools. But they don't stop there. They also recognise that there is only so much any one teacher, or any one school, can do, because some barriers to learning require system-level change. For this, they present us with insights from around the world, and suggest policies we could adopt to make our education system more equitable.
Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust
I thoroughly enjoyed this read and found it truly inspiring. It is a wide-ranging and thought-provoking overview that examines disadvantage from multiple perspectives and gives practical advice and ideas to politicians, teachers and school leaders. It gave me real hope at the start of a new academic year that as a leader of a trust, we can find a way to make our education system more equitable and to transform life chances for all pupils.
Susie Weaver, education director and an executive principal at the Cabot Learning Federation
A highly informative call for change right across the system - this book is a must read for those in education who seek to make a difference. The link between home and school, community and society, is one that is essential for us to understand if we are to make the changes we seek and secure a more equitable route through learning for all children. Equity in Education leaves us with a clarion call for action.
Richard Driscoll, academic deputy principal and teacher of sociology at Shenzhen College of International Education
This book has something for everyone, whether you are a teacher, school leader or policymaker. Equity in Education makes a powerful case for the impact that teachers can have with the right mindset. Section 2 gives practical advice about how we can improve equity in the classroom, while section 3 has plenty of food for thought for busy school leaders to take on board and discuss, both within their schools and with other school leaders. The key message is that as teachers we can all get better, however experienced we are.
Ed Vainker, CEO, Reach Foundation
A stimulating and practical read, Equity in Education goes beyond the narrow focus on metacognition, pedagogy and curriculum to explore other things that also matter - culture, relationships and an asset-based approach to supporting every child.