White working class: how can schools tackle underachievement and raise attainment?

9th Mar 2017

This full day conference will bring school leaders from across the North East together to discuss the specific challenges and barriers to education faced by students from white working class communities.

The conference will look at a range of the key issues, including: how we define ‘white working class’; how schools can identify students at risk of underachievement; and, measures schools can take to prevent this from happening. It will also include a focus on the specific challenges faced by coastal schools.

Confirmed speakers: 
Prof. Stephen Gorard - Professor of Education and Public Policy in the School of Education at Durham University
Dr Tim Leunig - Chief Scientific Adviser and Chief Analyst at the Department for Education 
Michael Jopling - Professor in Education at Northumbria University
Kate Chisholm - Head Teacher at Skerne Park Academy 
Linda Halbert - Head Teacher at Freebrough Academy 
David Major - Senior School Improvement Advisor at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Kate Bailey - ‎Director of Applied Research at CEM, Durham University
Stuart Kime - Director of Evidence Based Education
Dr Nadia Siddiqui - Research Associate in the School of Education at Durham University  

The agenda will include a mixture of keynote speakers and solution-orientated, interactive workshops.

Date: Thursday 9 March 2017
Time: 9am – 3:30pm*
Location: Durham County Cricket Club, Riverside, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3QR
*timings indicative

The event will be followed up by further school-led research into the issues and ideas uncovered during the day.  This conference forms part of a wider programme of work by SCHOOLS NorthEast, aimed at making the North East a hub for evidence-based excellence in education.

The cost of attendance is £80+VAT for secondary school delegates and £60+VAT for primary school delegates. Partner Schools receive discounted rates of £64+VAT for secondary delegates and £48+VAT for primary delegates.

To book your place, please email info@schoolsnortheast.com.



This event is kindly sponsored by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), Durham University


Durham County Cricket Club, Riverside, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3QR