Next week we will be meeting teachers and educational professionals at Whole Education’s 5th annual conference. We are leading a session on the importance of a broad and high quality cultural education as part of strategies to ‘narrow the gap’ – that is address the imbalance in terms of educational outcomes between students from lower income backgrounds and their peers.
We are partnering with Whole Education because they are an important voice calling for more emphasis within education on a full range of important skills that help children to become more rounded individuals.
As Sir John Dunford, the Chair of Whole Education says 'schools in the Whole Education network give serious thought to what curriculum is most appropriate for young people and in particular what curriculum can most help disadvantaged young people. They are concluding that knowledge, skills and personal qualities can be developed in a planned way, not as separate strands, but as warp and weft of the same curriculum plan, with skills development being mapped onto the knowledge curriculum in an integrated way.'
At the conference A New Direction will be launching a new research into the disparities of cultural engagement between young people on Free School Meals and their peers. This research is called Cultural Capital and we would like to hear from those with an interest in this field about the potential policy and practical implications of the findings.
The Conference will take place in London on the 18 & 19 November. The hashtag of the event will be #EdWorthHaving. For more information go here