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Professor Danny Dorling on inequality and education at the Festival of Education

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Press release issued: 3 June 2015

A talk by Professor Danny Dorling, the renowned social geographer, on inequality and education, and the findings of a project that was successful at raising Maths achievement at both primary and secondary levels, are just two of the areas being discussed at the Festival of Education — a two-week series of events [3 to 15 June] about diversity at the University of Bristol.

The Festival, hosted by the University of Bristol’s Graduate School of Education, opens with an inaugural lecture on 3 June at 6 pm by Professor Justin Dillon, Head of the School, who will explore the role of museums, science centres and the outdoors in education, and ways schools can benefit from working more closely with other educational sites.

Other highlights include a talk on 4 June at 5 pm given by teachers from four special schools in Bristol who will be sharing their insights into the development of creative and innovative approaches to teaching diverse groups of students. Using interactive presentations the teachers will give examples of supporting emotional wellbeing in schools, using digital technologies to support academic achievement and supporting educational transitions. There will be an opportunity to discuss their research and ask questions about ways in which they continue to innovative in their daily work.

Two cohorts of teachers, who took part in a research project that was successful at raising achievement and participation in Mathematics at both primary and secondary levels, will share what they have learnt in a talk taking place on the 10 June at 5 pm.

Renowned Social Geographer, Professor Danny Dorling from the University of Oxford, will explore theories of potential and the creation of inequality (and education) in his talk on 11 June at 5.30 pm. Professor Dorling will also be signing copies of his latest book 'Injustice' after the event.

Pupils from St Katherine’s School in Pill will be presenting their exhibition of handmade exhibits and artefacts exploring concepts of global diversity on 12 June at 5 pm. The exhibition is the culmination of a collaborative arts-based project involving students from the Graduate School of Education which focused on connecting monuments in Bristol with famous places all over the world.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the Festival, for the full programme of events and to register in advance, please visit the Festival of Education’s website.

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