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CASE Social Exclusion Seminars

Great Mistakes in Education Policy: and how to avoid them in the future

Ruth Lupton (University of Manchester)

Wednesday 07 July 2021 16:30 - 18:00

This event will take place online.

About this event

Can a clear view of what’s gone wrong in the past help forge a new consensus about the policy directions of the future? In this seminar, Ruth Lupton will talk about her new book with Debra Hayes: Great Mistakes in Education Policy: and how to avoid them in the future. This short book, written for a general audience and drawing on an extensive range of educational research, looks back over more than three decades to examine how well education policy has stepped up to the challenges of growing economic, social and spatial inequalities. Identifying five ‘great mistakes’ that have combined to make education neither better nor fairer, it concludes that we are past the point where small additive reforms can deliver the equitable and excellent education systems that the post-COVID moment so urgently demands. Bolder and better-informed solutions are needed.

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