Ely School

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Interview with Ely headmaster on education and attainment in his school

A look at education and levels of educational attainment in south Wales by focussing on a school in one of Cardiff's most deprived estates - Ely. The headmaster is interviewed on attainment figures in the school with a focus on relevant factors such as area, labelling, social class and the home culture.
From: Week In Week Out - Back to School
First Broadcast : 15 February 2011

Teachers' notes

Age Group : 14-16,16+

Subject : Sociology

Topic : Community and culture

Keywords : Education, State schools, Meritocracy, Labelling, Cultural factors, Material factors, Underachievement, Social class

Notes : DISCUSSION • What is educational attainment? • Why do some pupils cope better than others? • EXTENDED WORK • Investigate and compare figures for attainment for 3 schools in different areas ; eg city centre, middle class, rural, urban, etc. • Investigate the differences between private and state schools - in terms of attainment / fees paid / facilties / etc. REVISION • Outline and explain the effects of social class on educational attainment. • Outline and explain the effects of cultural and material factors on levels of educational attainment. • Discuss the viewpoint that factors external to the school are responsible for underachievement in education by the working class.

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