EPI will be holding a half-day conference on Monday 4th November to present our recent research on the subject of the disadvantage gap and how this affects education in England.
This timely event will draw on the findings in our recently published Annual Report, along with EPI’s previous work from across our research strands, in order to demonstrate how we have improved our understanding of disadvantage and to inform a debate on accountability and targeting resources in the education field.
The first session will focus on understanding child poverty – the drivers, risk factors, trends and measurements. Tom Waters (Institute for Fiscal Studies) and Matthew Oakley (Social Metrics Commission) have been invited to speak on this session.
This will be followed by a session looking at how we have improved our understanding of the mechanisms and outcomes of disadvantage, splitting the discussion between inputs and outputs. Jo Hutchinson (Education Policy Institute) and Luke Sibieta (Institute for Fiscal Studies, Education Policy Institute) will present.
Gavin Williamson MP (Secretary of State for Education) has been invited to speak on behalf of the government, in order to present their perspective on this issue and their plans to tackle the mechanisms and outcomes of disadvantage.
A practitioner’s perspective on the issues surrounding childhood disadvantage in school will then be put forward, presented by representatives from both academy trust and local authority schools.
The conference will close with a panel discussion, chaired by David Laws (Education Policy Institute), where panellists will have the opportunity to debate on accountability, education funding and sensible targeting of resources. Invited panellists include Dame Martina Milburn (Social Mobility Commission), Sam Butters (Fair Education Alliance), Robbie Coleman (Education Endowment Foundation) and Nick Brook (NAHT).
To conclude, a light lunch will be provided and there will be opportunity for networking.
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We are very grateful to The Royal Society of Chemistry for supporting this event.