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Greater Expectations: Enabling Achievement for Disadvantaged Students
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Greater Expectations: Enabling Achievement for Disadvantaged Students



March 2024 | 160 pages | Corwin UK

How can greater expectations lead to greater outcomes for schools and the students they teach?

The London Academy of Excellence (LAE), Newham, is one of the leading sixth-form schools in the UK. The LAE’s mission is to combat disadvantage by providing ambitious young people from lower-income homes with an education on a par with the best available in the independent sector.

In its first decade, the LAE sent over 1,300 students to Russell Group universities, over 200 to medical schools and more than 150 to Oxford or Cambridge. Most of those students were the first in their family to attend a university.

The authors sift through the school's practices to reveal universal concepts and ideas that school leaders, in any context, can consider for their own schools. These ideas include:

  • Understanding the curriculum as a source of social mobility
  • Planning for high quality destinations from first contact with prospective students 
  • Exploring challenge strategies to achieve academic excellence across subjects
The book culminates in a list of strategies that can drive greater expectations in any school. 

Alex Crossman is Headteacher and Ian Warwick is Chair of the Education Committee at the London Academy of Excellence.
 
Ch1: Introduction
 
Ch2: Educational Disadvantage
 
Ch3: Developing Curriculum
 
Ch4: Ten Strategies to Achieve Excellence
 
Ch5: Developing Teaching
 
Ch6: Pastoral Care
 
Ch7: Partnerships
 
Ch8: Destinations
 
Ch9: Fifteen Strategies to Drive Greater Expectation

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