Improving Social Equity through Education: Raising Outcomes for Low Achieving Students

Symposium with Dr Andreas Schleicher, Professor Pasi Sahlberg and Dr Bill Maxwell
4- 5 May 2015, Edinburgh – John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh University

One of the biggest challenges facing education systems across Europe and further afield is how to improve outcomes – in the broadest possible sense – for low achieving children and young people in order to create a more equal society. Whilst both politicians and educationalists are clear about the importance of this aim there is, as yet, inadequate understanding about how it can best be achieved.

This symposium is being organised by the European Forum for Freedom in Education in association with Education Scotland to bring together educationalists and policy makers from across the UK and mainland Europe in order to learn with and from each other in the task of bringing about change. International experts Dr Andreas Schleicher of OECD and Professor Pasi Sahlberg, author of the influential book, Finnish Lessons, will be sharing their thoughts on this crucial theme and there will be plenty of opportunity for dialogue amongst delegates.

The European Forum for Freedom in Education (effe) is a non-governmental organisation based in Germany and with members in 25 European countries which is committed to safeguarding the human rights and dignity of every child. It is organising this event in Scotland because of the explicit commitment of the Scottish Government to creating a fairer society and the work being done by Education Scotland to explore the role of education in this overarching aim.

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