Megan Dixon

Teachers could be reinforcing the attainment gap

The language teachers use in providing extra support to disadvantaged learners can signal low expectations and reinforce the attainment gap, warns Megan Dixon

Teachers could be reinforcing the attainment gap

Whichever way you look at it (and a lot of research has looked at it in the past year), it appears the blunt instrument of improved evidence-based teaching has somehow not fulfilled its promise to close the disadvantage gap.

Are we surprised? We shouldn’t be. It has long been theorised that the development of a child is built on far more than just lessons in the classroom.

Developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner’s bio-ecological model is a useful filter for our thinking on this issue. It suggests that a child has multiple spheres of influence that affect them. Of course, the ...

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