Workshop for teachers and education practitioners in Edinburgh

Photo of the Edinburgh skyline at golden hour

On 17th November, Katherin and Valentina gave a workshop titled Inequalities and bias in schools: reasons, research and reactions at the University of Edinburgh. The event was organised by the Moray House – School of Education and Sport as a Professional learning seminar open to a wide variety of school and education practitioners from Edinburgh.

The interactive workshop gave an overview over ‘traditional’ and recent academic research on socioeconomic and ethnic inequalities in education and the role of teacher-student relationships. Reflective, creative group activities guided the discussions, encouraging participants to critically discuss BIPE preliminary findings on teacher bias and share their own experiences and views, whilst giving them the opportunity to develop strategies for their classrooms and schools to tackle bias and inequalities.

Participant feedback was very positive highlighting the importance and impact of such activities. Participants said that the workshop empowered them not only to be more critical and perceptive of the biases and inequalities that occur in school, but also to be more confident in challenging such biases and inequalities. For example, one teacher highlighted how the workshop motivated themselves and other teachers to:

[…] reflect on their biases and work out why certain [student] behaviours are viewed as being more able or capable […and to] realise the system also has biases within it: work has to be done at an individual level at first but schools as institutions need to also reflect/change.

If you are interested in hearing more about our teacher workshops, further information can be found on our flyer.

Slides from the workshop can be found on our ‘Teaching materials’ page.

Panel session at ‘Into Headship’ event at Moray House School of Education and Sport

Visual identity for the BSA 2023 conference

We contributed to a panel session for the Into Headship programme at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. This PG programme provides Scotland’s national qualification for school headship.

The session we contributed to was attended by around 50 aspiring head teachers and focused on the Scottish government’s policy that aims to close the poverty attainment gap. We had a chance to present some of our recent findings and link them to attendants questions about processes that contribute to social inequalities in education.