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?
CountryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographical note

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


  • education
  • comprehensive
  • selection
  • Scotland

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