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Working class students: Four domains of secret knowledge

In this four-article series, Matt Bromley considers how we can support working class students, whose outcomes are often much worse than their peers. In article two, he dissects the ‘secret knowledge’ we must be teaching our poorest children

In the first instalment of this series, I set out ways in which the education system is classist and why the classroom isn’t working for working class students.

The first step towards countering classism is to acknowledge that it exists both in society and in schools, and then to unpack the causes and consequences of classism in order to identify the solutions.

Now it is time to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty suggesting some practical solutions. To get us started, I want to explore something called “secret knowledge”.

Working class students

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