It is not an exaggeration to say that our current system of education is at breaking point. Our teachers and school leaders see this on a daily basis: the students being denied the support mechanisms they rely on, the continued impact of austerity, and a system that is no longer fit for purpose.
That’s why SSAT has decided to stand up and speak out, and to fight to put social justice at the heart of the education system.
By embodying the values of social activists – applying our values day by day, says Carmel McConnell MBE, the creator of Magic Breakfast during her presentation at SSAT’s National Conference 2019: Fighting for deep social justice
David Lammy, recently re-elected Labour MP for Tottenham, is the Patron of SSAT’s campaign for deep social justice.
The panel discussion at the end of the conference’s first day examined the leadership needed to put social justice at the heart of education. In the chair was former school minister David Laws, executive chairman of the Education Policy Institute.
Tom Middlehurst, Director of the National Conference, reflects on some of the ideas, strategies and practical suggestions heard during the two days of the conference.
SSAT’s first ever student roundtable discussion, on deep social justice, held on 6 November, was a lively affair, with plenty of interaction over the students’ passionately held opinions, as they debated the key issues of social justice.
Assistant headteacher Senaka Galagedera describes the school’s methodical approach to the programme, and its benefits.
Nina Jackson, Associate Director, Independent Thinking, expresses the importance of creativity, curiosity and compassion in the classroom on mental wellbeing, which she will explore further at SSAT’s National Conference next month.
Stephen Tierney, CEO, Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust, describes how their young people have been empowered to become masters of their own destiny.
Lee Elliot Major OBE, Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter, highlights the peaks and pitfalls of social mobility in schools, gearing up to his presentation at SSAT’s National Conference next month.
In advance of his presentation at the SSAT National Conference next month, Martyn Reah, Deputy Head at Eggar’s School, explains the #teacher5aday philosophy implemented within his school.
Sarah Jones, principal at Tavistock College, describes how they have tackled the challenges facing the local community: austerity, increasing drug-related issues and social media bullying.
Manpreet Kaur, English teacher at The Romsey School, explains how SSAT’s Student Leadership Accreditation scheme is being used to support disadvantaged students.
Karl Robbins, Head of Year 11 at Broadway Academy, describes the strategies identified and implemented to close the gap in disadvantaged students’ GCSE results.
Jon Tait, Deputy Head at Acklam Grange School, highlights the skills, values, experience and qualifications attainable through the school’s services and curriculum.
Read the second in the pamphlet series which explores how the vehicles of deep learning – which include literacy, metacognition and formative assessment – can enable young people to succeed in their education and careers.
Sue Williamson, SSAT’s CEO, introduces her Fighting for Deep Social Justice pamphlet and reflects on her enlightening visit to Manchester Communication Academy that demonstrated the impacts that teachers have on shaping deep social justice in schools.
Read the first in the series of pamphlets which establishes the context and marks the beginning of SSAT’s campaign to fight for social justice in education; a conversation with schools and those who have a stake in advancing the social justice agenda.
Football Beyond Borders is an educational charity that is helping students redefine their learning capabilities through the power of this beloved sport. Ceylon Andi Hickman, the charity’s head of social action, explains how this unique concept is making a difference in education.
Claire Preston and Katy Parkinson, driving forces behind Lexonik, reflect on what originally prompted them to launch their innovative programme which improves literacy levels, and leads to greater achievement and attainment.
Austerity is to blame for students’ inability to succeed, according to SSAT’s CEO, Sue Williamson. Cuts in school funding and resources and lack of communication between staff and students are harming young people at an increasingly alarming rate, highlighting severe issues in social justice as a whole.
As the parents of 3.5 million pupils receive cry-for-help letters from schools on the growing perils of lack of funding, SSAT’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs Tom Middlehurst navigates through the uncertainties of social justice this situation presents.
Rt Hon David Lammy, former barrister and now MP for Tottenham, highlights the issues in education for young people from working-class BME backgrounds and their families.
In the midst of all the news reports on Brexit and the madness of the Westminster bubble, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights reported that despite being the world’s fifth largest economy, the UK has levels of child poverty that are “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster.”