Cities Seminar Series

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Category: News

Urban cultures are changing nationally and internationally. As they change so do the nature of social and educational inequalities; often they increase.

Even a city like Oxford, with its ‘dreaming spires’ image, is polarized with considerable inequalities; these inequalities are reflected in the achievements of its maintained schools which overall are lower than expected. In recent years, a number of cities in the UK, e.g. London and Bristol, have adopted city-wide interventions both to raise achievement and to reduce inequalities; there have also been other experiments internationally with ‘area based’ policies. This series of seminars aims to identify the dynamics of 21st Century cities and the key elements of different city-wide educational interventions and relate these to the challenges facing educational decision-makers and practitioners in Oxford and beyond.

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