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Tackling Disadvantage and Underachievement in Schools
A Practical Guide for Teachers

ISBN 9780367421588
Published March 31, 2020 by Routledge
260 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This practical resource shows what teachers can do to combat disadvantage and underachievement in schools and from early years to secondary education. Written by an experienced teacher, teacher educator and chartered psychologist, the book highlights effective teaching and learning methods that can be used to overcome barriers to learning, satisfy different learning needs and help students achieve their full potential.

Packed with up-to-date research, useful guidance and examples, the book explores what schools have done and what they can do without need for extra resourcing. It includes case studies that examine the types of underachievement patterns that are found across age ranges and, by detailing approaches in subject teaching, defines the nature of effective learning and shows what strategies can be used to meet these criteria. Moreover, the chapters provide:

  • An exploration into the central needs of underachieving and disadvantaged learners across the ability range
  • Information about how to audit the provision and the needs
  • Accessible resources for the classroom changes that need to be made to the education and training of teachers

Tackling Disadvantage and Underachievement in Schools is essential reading for teachers in early years education and primary and secondary schools, teachers in training and their educators, as well as leaders, policymakers, researchers and anyone interested in improving performance in schools.

Table of Contents

Author Biography


Chapter One The Identification of Underachievement

Chapter Two Disadvantage and Underachievement

Chapter Three How Schools Can Raise Achievement

Chapter Four Case Studies in Diagnosis and Intervention of UAch

Chapter Five Changing Early Years Teaching and Closing the Literacy Gap

Chapter Six Changing Higher Order Skills Teaching, Strategic Approaches

Chapter Seven Pedagogy: Practical Teaching Strategies Across the Curriculum and Age Ranges




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Diane Montgomery is professor emerita in education at Middlesex University, London, UK. She is a qualified and experienced teacher, teacher educator and chartered psychologist. She was recently awarded the ‘Above and Beyond’ Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to work with the more able and DME.