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Children, Young People, Education and Society INTRO

Foundation course Chi.ac.uk

Mike Yule

on 12 January 2014

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Transcript of Children, Young People, Education and Society INTRO

What is your impression?
How equal is our society?
"My own view is that the most important thing you need to do in advancing social mobility is to deal with the failure in the school system..."
Michael Gove,
Independent, 22 Feb 2012
In 2010, 17% of boys and 15% of girls (aged 2 to 15) were classed as obese
Incidence of obesity increases
the poorer you become
NHS, Statistics on Obesity, 2012
KS2 results
SEN provision
access to digital futures
Social mobility is lower in more unequal countries
Wilkinson & Pickett, The Spirit Level
The wealthiest 10 per cent of households: 4.3 times wealthier than the bottom 50 per cent of households combined
Civic power
What are the consequences of these inequalities?
less healthy
more violent
more crime ridden
higher teenage pregnancy
greater anxiety
more drug and alcohol problems
So where does education come in?
Teaching standards
Duty on teachers
Have high expectations of everyone
Make sure we contribute to the solution,
not the problem
Be self questioning...examine our own attitudes
Be aware of the nature of diversity in your school...ask for help and information
Do you agree?
Types of equality
Moral / Ontological:
"we are equal in God's eyes"
wealth distribution
(of employment)
Now, the best off 10% receive 40% of total UK income, while the poorest 10% get 1%.
85% men, 100% white, 70% Oxbridge, 100% wealthy
Muslims have the lowest rate of
employment of any religious group.
Some research suggests that Black graduates
face a 24% pay penalty.
Undercover job hunters reveal huge race bias in Britain's workplaces
In Britain, women occupy 77% of administration and secretarial posts
but only 6% of engineering
and 14% of architects,
planners and surveyors.
Women now do better than men in every aspect of educational qualification but the pay gap between men and women remains
Women with degrees are estimated to face only a 4% loss in lifetime earnings as a result of motherhood, while mothers with mid-level
qualifications face a 25% loss and those with no qualifications a 58% loss

• Women aged 40 earn on average 27% less than men of the same age.
Figures suggest that 45% of disabled people in their early 20s are NEET.
UK is the 4th most unequal country of the rich nations
Unequal societies:
less social mobility
This rises to 30 times more likely when police use powers granted by section 60 of the Public Order Act, which allows people to be stopped and search without reasonable suspicion. (The Guardian 17.1.12)
black people are stopped and searched at seven times the rate of white people, and Asian people at twice the rate
Is it the purpose of
Primary education
to even out these inequalities?
"a key message...is that Travellers of Irish heritage, Gypsy/Roma, Black Carribean boys, White working class boys, Black other and Pakistani pupils make less progress at Primary school than White British pupils with the same prior attainment."
from Cambridge Primary Review p120
Asians 5
Black Carribean 30
Gypsy 38
Exclusions per 10,000
UK is becoming more unequal
set goals that stretch and challenge pupils of all backgrounds, abilities and dispositions
Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
Principles of equality
Our society -
equal or unequal?
The role of education
3 Rs
'whole' child - the individual
faith and spirituality
balance individual and society needs
community and citizenship
address disadvantage
global perspective
a new Act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and
advance equality of opportunity for all.
Equalities legislation
The protected characteristics are:
Gender reassignment
Pregnancy and maternity
Religion and belief
Sexual orientation
direct or indirect discrimination, harassment or victimisation
is unlawful
the defining issue of our time
the bitter politics of envy
The poorest households will lose 6%
of their income by 2014
What is equality?
"Being treated the same"
"Being treated
The pay of the head of Barclays bank has increased nearly 5,000% in 30 years, while average wages have increased just threefold.
and Inclusion
Gain a critical understanding of the notion of social justice and how it underpins the concepts of inclusion, diversity and equality;

Gain a critical understanding of the notion of childhood and family as they are understood in the wider social context;

Develop a model of the child and the family and have a critical understanding of how those models impact on work with children, young people and families;

Gain critical knowledge and understanding of how the government and social policy is intended to promote positive outcomes for children, young people and their families, both in the short and long-term.
access is the key
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