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.
Sue Williamson, SSAT’s CEO, introduces her Fighting for Deep Social Justice pamphlet and reflects on her enlightening visit to Manchester Communications 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.”