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Winning the war on poverty takes decades, so persevere

Finland and Singapore at one time had underperforming economies, but both dug in to do the long-term hard work of turning around educational inequality

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In November 2016, I attended the Scottish Educational Research Association’s annual conference at the University of Dundee. Although it was of moderate size compared with more high-profile educational conferences in the UK and US, I was impressed with the quality of the presentations and the friendliness of Scottish educators.

During one lunch break, I had an illuminating conversation with one school leader regarding the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD). He shared the seven domains of data that comprise the index, which I found to be most insightful. This is surely a much better ...

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