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Equality and Diversity Rosemary Campbell-Stephens Equality & Diversity Associate. What is the purpose of education ? What do we need education to look like in the future ? Who needs to be involved ?. Conference questions. Purpose.
Equality and Diversity Rosemary Campbell-Stephens Equality & Diversity Associate
What is the purpose of education ? What do we need education to look like in the future ? Who needs to be involved ? Conference questions
Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity, or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world Paulo Frère what do we as educators believe ?
government, schools and the new middle ground purpose, ill-defined ? curriculum changes pedagogy subverted by ideology resources, training and capacity autonomy versus collaboration changes to teachers conditions context national
new relationships collaboration & partnership new models of schooling new models of leadership balancing external events with internal values creating alternative & compelling narratives hope over policy context local
working in the interest of the greater good maintain collective self-belief focus on what is important optimistic realists shared values practice principles oriented to service collaboration
An anthropologist proposed a game to the children in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: “UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?” UBUNTU” in the Xhosa culture means “I am because we are” UBUNTU : system leadership in practice
Questions: What are the big equality and diversity challenges facing the education sector ?
Some answers • Diverse pupil population • Narrowing the gap • Focus on White British students • Multiple disadvantage ignored • Illusion of a ‘post-racial age’ • Women into leadership • Black and ‘Minority Ethnic’ workforce and leadership • Engaging with the disengaged • The underserved • Culturally competent service delivery • Poverty of expectation and aspiration • Hostility (or indifference) towards equality or human rights legislation
Intelligence tests highlight importance of genetic difference Genetics outweighs teaching, Gove adviser tells his boss The re-emergence of IQ ism The Bell Curve peripheral vision
Gathering and sharing data Moving diversity out of the deficit column Under-representation Talent spotting Leadership preparation Different models of leadership Broadening the conversation System leadership NCTL equality & diversity priorities in the North
Table Discussions Ofsted: data on range of students/SMSC/inclusive environment for all/ narrowing the gap/ pupil premium Teach First: Data aggregated by ethnicity & gender/ does training take into account regional diversity issues/ is the focus on social mobility at the expense of other barriers to progression? Equitable progression between Teach First and other aspirant leaders Bringing an equality & diversity perspective to other areas of NCTL work
Work nationally, regionally and locally Challenge, support and advise Work closely with and through others With NCTL Associates, LAs, Diocese and groups of schools inc Teaching Schools, Licensees, Support building of more diverse talent pools of aspiring leaders Grow pool of expertise and knowledge in diversity & equity Adapt an approach that is fit for purpose dependant on context Broaden the conversation on equality and diversity Prioritise those areas of work where impact can be measured External drivers – Equality Act 2010 and Coalition Equality Strategy Role of equality & diversity associate