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Research Seminar: Tackling Educational Inequality - challenges and strategies for closing the gap

(22 February 2019)

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 20 March, 1pm, in ED134 in the School of Education. It will be led by Dr Feyisa Demie, Honorary Fellow in the School of Education and Head of Research at Lambeth Local Authority. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact

The hard question that faces education policy makers today is not only how to raise achievement but how to address inequality in schools.

There is now a well-established body of research evidence that shows the achievement gap is still wide and has not narrowed much over the period. Of a particular concern is that inequality in education outcomes has grown for some groups such as Black Caribbean, White British Working Class and disadvantaged pupils. Yet despite this, little has been done recently by the government to focus on the inequality in education. Drawing on NPD data, longitudinal case studies and focus group evidence, this seminar will consider to answer, a number of questions that are useful for policy makers, school improvement practitioners and researchers including:

  • What does the empirical evidence tell us about educational inequality? 
  • What does research tell us about what works in closing the achievement gap?
  • What are the implications for policy, practice and research?

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