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Teaching and Learning to Unlock Social Mobility for Every Child Building Learning Futures

By Sonia Blandford, Stefan Burkey Copyright 2023
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Teaching and Learning to Unlock Social Mobility for Every Child is a topical and insightful text that guides readers through evidence-based practice that will improve outcomes for all involved in education, increasing social mobility and inclusion in every sense.

    In the past 30 years, how children and young people learn has changed considerably as challenges of social mobility become more apparent. Cultural and social economic disadvantage is evident, as is the need to focus on mutuality in education, whereby all children and young people are valued regardless of their background, challenges or needs. In this context, Teaching and Learning to Unlock Social Mobility for Every Child is the first work to capture and clearly explain practical teaching and learning approaches that can be used in any school. It circles around the creativity and technology of pedagogy, exploring an educational agenda that is genuinely rooted in social mobility for all children.

    Written accessibly and full of case studies, this book is intended to guide practitioners and stakeholders at all levels of education from school leaders to researchers, students and teachers. It will help them to impart the skills and capacities which children and young people require to drive their future social mobility and address the challenges they will face on their own terms.

    1. Can teaching and learning really improve social mobility?  2. The Foundations of the Building  3. The First Educators: Mutuality, Chance or Choice?  4. Overturning "Business As Usual"  5. Teaching - "It Is Difficult to Predict, Especially the Future"  6. Resetting the Compass in early years settings and primary schools  7. Real world experience  8. The challenge of tech  9. A global approach – Reviewing ‘What Works’  10. Where do we go now?  11. Epilogue


    Sonia Blandford is a Professor of Social Mobility at Plymouth Marjon University. She has spent over 40 years in national and international education as a teacher, researcher, educator, school leader and author.

    Stefan Burkey is a freelance education researcher, writer, evaluator, and project developer. His major clients include DfE, Ofqual, Achievement for All, EDT, Teach First, and the Children’s Commissioner.