Most classrooms contain children from a variety of backgrounds, where home culture, religious beliefs and the family's economic situation all impact on achievement. This needs to be recognized by teachers in order to establish fair, respectful, trusting and constructive relationships with children and their families, which will allow every child to reach their full potential.
This book looks at real issues that affect teachers in the classroom, and examines a variety of influences affecting child development. It provides you with the theoretical and practical information you need to ensure you understand the complex factors which affect the children in your care, and it encourages good, thoughtful teaching. Dealing with some of the less widely addressed aspects of diversity and inclusion, the book considers:
Children who are asylum seekers; The notion of ‘pupil voice’; What diversity and equality mean in practice; Gender and achievement; Looked-after children; Social class; Disability; Ethnicity and whiteness
This book is essential reading for any education student looking at diversity and inclusion, and for teachers in role looking for advice on how to meet the professional standards.
Chapter 5: Class, Equality and Achievement
Class, Equality and Achievement
Class and its impact on achievement is as complex an area of diversity as any we have discussed so far. One of the fundamental determiners of what is meant by class and to what class someone can be described as belonging to is inextricably, although not exclusively, linked to money. In particular, the occupation and earnings of an individual do, in strictly economic terms, determine the class to which they belong. ...