I recently came across a beautifully written book focusing on the lives of 15 children going about their daily lives across the world, over a period of 24 hours. This book is great for introducing the concept of time zones in an engaging manner and is perfectly pitched at children in upper Key Stage 2. Readers are introduced to 15 ordinary yet fascinating children. By following what they do over a period of 24 hours, they get glimpses into their lives, families and everyday interactions, so much so that by the end of the book the reader is left wanting to know more about each character and a sense of disappointment that the book has finished prevails. Perhaps, the author Suma Din will write a follow up book developing these characters further.
Over the last few years there has been much emphasis placed on closing the socio-economic gaps in attainment between pupils who are eligible for free school meals and hence receive additional support through the Pupil Premium Grant and those who do not. This is a laudable policy ambition and is worthy of concentrated effort by all of us involved in educating children and young people. However, as with anything, the issues surrounding the closing of the attainment gaps are much more complex than just socio-economic deprivation. In his ground breaking report for Ofsted in 2000 entitled ‘Educational inequality: mapping race, class and gender. A synthesis of research evidence’ Professor David Gillborn showed how these three characteristics impacted on outcomes for different groups of pupils.
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