The disadvantage ‘gap’ is a chasm. Part 1.

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In the 18 months that I’ve been working at Highbury Grove, I’ve learned a great deal about the complexity of the community that my school serves.  As the acting Designated Child Protection Officer for the last few weeks, I’ve learned even more.  The scale on the axis of advantage and disadvantage is extraordinary with consequences for learning, aspirations and behaviour that are far-reaching.  Within my school, there are students who, whilst sharing the same physical space, are living worlds apart.  This is a two-part post.  To begin with, here’s illustration of the opposite poles – rooted in reality but conflating different factors.  Part 2 will look at solutions.

There are obviously plenty of risks here – being judgemental, using stereotypes, making generalisations.  No two children are the same and there are multiple variations in every child’s characteristics and circumstances.   It’s hard to capture the complexity accurately and…

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