In a recent seven-part series, school leader David Anderson took an in-depth – and at times uncomfortable – look at the stark disparities and inequalities within the English education system, considering the many barriers we face to real social justice. This download includes all seven articles and the author's inspiring call for change...

The pandemic has shone a light on disparities within the English education system. Many have suggested that this is our ‘Build Back Better’ moment. But what might a ‘better’ and more socially just and equitable education system look like?

The English education system is segregated and stratified, with well-defined hierarchies of schools. It maintains privilege for the most advantaged in our society at the expense of the disadvantaged. School leaders and teachers are overwhelmingly pre-occupied with high-stakes accountability measures, and do not have the freedom to challenge the status quo.

Yet the levels of disparity between the winners and the losers in our schools are under the spotlight like never before. Is the pandemic giving us the chance for a fresh outlook on how we want society to view education – and do we as a profession have the courage and conviction to create something better?

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