Changing Life Chances

Practical Projects and Endeavours in Schools

August 2012
More details
  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    6th August 2012
  • ISBN 9781858564937
  • Language English
  • Pages 100 pp.
  • Size 8.5" x 13"
  • Images illus

The link between a child’s background and their chance of success at school and in later life is known to be strong. But it is not the determining factor–schools can and do make a real difference to learning outcomes. This book describes a range of effective practical projects in schools and the principles underlying good practice.

Chapters consider
* issues of social class and socio-economic disadvantage
* issues relating to ethnicity, gender and disability
* special educational needs
* the needs of young people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds
* a project on language, especially the concept of academic language
* modifying teachers’ expectations and assumptions
* transition arrangements between primary and secondary schools.

The book is a follow-up to the best-selling Trentham handbooks by Robin Richardson: Here, There and Everywhere (2005) and Holding Together (2009). It has the same engaging layout, with much use of case-studies, stories and pithy quotations. Most, though not all, of the practical examples are drawn from one local authority, Derbyshire, but are of wide relevance and interest, both nationally and internationally.

Introduction and Summary
1) My experience was life-changing - background and subject-matter of the book

Part 1: Setting the Scene
2) 'I balanced all, brought all to mind' - the concept of due regard

3) Excellence, intelligence, kind feeling - beliefs about people, schools and society

4) What then shall we do? - practical options and possibilities

Part 2: Literacy for the Twenty-First Century

5) Proud of myself and very cheerful - the power of community radio

6) Some amazing success stories - extending the defination of literacy

7) Writing for life - gender, identity and growing up

8) Words, words, words - highways and byways to curriculum language

9) It's Not Just Any Old Discussion - talking to learn

10) Engaging with difference - research, performance and key concepts

Robin Richardson

Robin Richardson was the drafting editor of Islamophobia - a challenge for us all, published by the Runnymede Trust in 1997. He has since authored or edited further publications on Islamophobia and is frequently invited to give lectures or workshops on the subject, particularly but not only in the field of education.