University of Bath

Inaugural lecture - System Recall? Leading for Excellence and Equity in Education

This inaugural lecture will consider what leaders can do to secure principled school and system improvement which fully embraces diversity, equity, and equality

18 Jan 20186.15pm
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18 Jan 20187.15pm
Free
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This inaugural lecture will consider what leaders can do to secure principled school and system improvement which fully embraces diversity, equity, and equality.

This inaugural lecture focuses on what we know about contemporary educational improvement, transformation, and change. It will provide insights into what reform strategies work, long term, to build the capacity for principled change at the school and system level. The inaugural will consider what leaders can do to secure principled school and system improvement which fully embraces diversity, equity, and equality. It will also dispel some myths about reform at scale and challenge some prevailing ideas about educational change that, it will be posited, are not helping many young people to reach their potential.

The main argument of the lecture is that too many school and system improvement initiatives have not paid sufficient attention to equity issues in their pursuit of ever higher achievement and that the net effect of large-scale, international assessments have been to distract policy makers in ways that have not always benefitted young people.

The lecture proposes that it is time for a ‘system recall’ in education and an urgent need to look at what matters most in the pursuit of equitable educational goals.