Social Mobility and Its Enemies With Professor Lee Elliot Major

  • No Forthcoming Dates
  • East of England Showground
  • Citizenship
  • Full
  • Early Years, Further Education, Higher Education, Primary, Secondary
  • Leadership, Community
  • Lunch Included
  • Refreshments Included
  • Free

Professor Lee Elliot Major will discuss cutting-edge research into how social mobility has changed in Britain over the years.

What are the effects of decreasing social mobility? How does education help - and hinder - us in improving our life chances? Why are so many of us stuck on the same social rung as our parents?

Why is climbing the social ladder so difficult in Britain - and what can we do to create a fairer society? Are we all enemies of social mobility?

The session will draw on Lee's new book, "What Works?". From the authors of the Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit comes What Works?, a must-read guide that summarises the research and hard evidence of what works and what doesn't in primary and secondary classrooms, and provides practical strategies for transforming pupils' progress.

Lee Elliot Major and Steve Higgins look at common teaching approaches, including raising aspirations, improving behaviour, outdoor learning and parental engagement. They present the research and evidence behind each approach and provide practical steps for best practice in the classroom to boost the learning and life outcomes of all pupils. Explored in a concise, accessible manner, the research and evidence is distilled into clear, precise guidance that can be used immediately, ideal for any busy teacher.

What Works? makes it easy for all primary and secondary teachers to become research-informed practitioners in every aspect of their teaching. From debunking enduring education myths to providing practical next steps and strategies that really make a difference, this is the essential guide to evidence-based teaching and a must-have for every teacher looking to increase their impact in the classroom.

Hosted by the East of England Showground, in the Northampton Suite:

About The Course

Apart from the USA, Britain has the lowest social mobility in the Western world. The lack of movement in who gets where in society - particularly when people are stuck at the bottom and the top - costs the nation dear, both in terms of the unfulfilled talents of those left behind and an increasingly detached elite, disinterested in improvements that benefit the rest of society. This session analyses cutting-edge research into how social mobility has changed in Britain over the years, the shifting role of schools and universities in creating a fairer future, and the key to what makes some countries and regions so much richer in opportunities, bringing a clearer understanding of what works and how we can better shape our future.

Britain’s lack of social mobility is particularly persistent at both the top and bottom of society: the privately educated continue to dominate the leading professions and the proportion of children leaving school without basic numeracy and literacy skills remains stubbornly high. Education has largely failed to be the great social leveller; and widening inequality has limited social mobility. Failure to tackle immobility in modern Britain will not only cost the country economically, but lead to ever deeper divisions in society. What can be done?

About the Programme Leader

Lee Elliot Major is Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter. He was formerly Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, the UK's leading foundation improving social mobility.

His book Social Mobility and its Enemies was published by Penguin in September 2018. He commissioned and co-authored the Sutton Trust-EEF toolkit summarizing evidence on what works to improve school attainment for disadvantaged pupils – a guide used by school leaders across the world.

He is a founding trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation and Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter. He was previously an education journalist at the Guardian and Times Higher Education Supplement. He has a PhD in theoretical physics and was the first in his family to attend university.

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