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Equality, diversity & inclusion

Addressing educational disadvantage: 25 top tips

Governing Matters
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Marc Rowland, Adviser for improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners from the unity schools partnership gives his 25 top tips on addressing educational disadvantage. 

How can governing boards approach educational disadvantage? 

School culture, expectations, coherence, principles

1 Remove the deficit discourse around disadvantage and its impact on learning and participation in school life. Disadvantaged pupils and their families are not a problem to be solved. They are our school community, and held in high regard. Work in partnership to ensure everyone feels they belong, in all aspects of school life.

Raising the achievement and attainment of disadvantaged pupils has been on the government’s agenda for many years, but this has mostly been focused through the pupil premium funding and the strategies created and implemented in schools across the country.


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