What Have We Learned...

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Presentation on the outworkings of the selective system of secondary education in Northern Ireland and a commentary on themes emerging on the conference held to mark the 50th anniversary of comprehensive schooling in Scotland. The two main challenges identified were: (1) how to deal with the consequence that not all children arrive in school with the same experiences or support, that is, dealing with the consequences of social disadvantage; and (2) not all post-school outcomes are seen to have the same value, so post-compulsory schooling risks becoming a selective mechanism for entry to more desirable outcomes
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2015
EventWhat have we learned from fifty years of Scottish comprehensive schooling? - Moral House School of Education, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Nov 201527 Nov 2015


ConferenceWhat have we learned from fifty years of Scottish comprehensive schooling?
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographical note

Listed in conference programme as 'Reflections on the Scottish experience and its challenges'


  • education
  • comprehensive
  • selection
  • Scotland


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