Changing Life Chances: Practical Projects and Endeavours in Schools

Changing Life Chances: Practical Projects and Endeavours in Schools

by Robin Richardson


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781858564937
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 08/30/2012
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

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

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