Educational Inequality

Closing the Gap

August 2019
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    19th August 2019
  • ISBN 9781858568799
  • Language English
  • Pages 230 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

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 local authority's schools raise their children’s attainment to levels that far surpass the national average in England and allow students to access top universities.

"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

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

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 the Durham University School of Education.