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The Tail: How England's Schools Fail One Child in Five - and What Can be Done Paperback – 28 Feb 2013
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Paul Marshall is a passionate and brilliantly effective crusader for extending opportunity to the most disadvantaged. [This] book is a compelling, at times moving, and immensely persuasive manifesto. (Rt Hon. Michael Gove MP)
Eradicating the tail of poor education is the key priority for our schools. This book tells us how to do it. (Lord Adonis)
This is an absolutely fantastic book which addresses the biggest challenge in English education. The essays shine new light on the problem of England's tail of low performance, and challenge policy-makers and schools to rise to this challenge. (Rt Hon. David Laws MP)
About the Author
Paul Marshall is the chair of ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) Schools, a children's charity that currently operates eighteen primary and secondary schools in areas of the UK with predominantly poor children.
The Tail contains contributions from:
Chris Amadeo, Dale Bassett, Sophy Blakeway, Kevan Collins, Frank Field, Chris Husbands, Tina Isaacs, Danny Kruger, Tim Leunig, Stephen Machin, Paul Marshall, Chris Paterson, Olmo Silva, Charlie Taylor, James Toop, Tim Weedon, Patrick White and Gill Wyness
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As can be seen by this article Michale Gove would appear to be educationally challenged as he appears to be suggesting that blind and deaf children who are intelleigent do not have speciall educational needs. The second point I would make is that it appears from the reviews that a great deal of emphasis is on early years and pre-school - programmes which have been proven to work (see EPPE study). Of course Michael Gove's government got rid of Sure Start (as virtually their first act of ensuring lack of State provision right from the off to the most vulnerable in society), which was showing that it had a good effect on educational outcomes (of course this book's support for Early years resulted in Sure Start being re-introduced as we all know). My third point is that ARK academies (and academies) generally have a vested interest in not having SEN kids in the school at all because contrary to the suggesions in the article, SEN kids generally lower results as a whole particualrly those with mental health difficulties, learning and behavioural difficulties. As many academies operate covert selection policies to get the "better" kids in, or can wrangle behaviour policies to exclude the "worse" kids, they see minimising SEN as a means of appearing to be succeeding - a book which they can use to suggest that many SEN kids are not SEN permits them to say that their low SEN count is merely "accurate".Read more ›
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The principles are sound but the book is now outdated in light of SEND reforms.Published 19 months ago by Mrs. Deb Clapham
I haven't read all of this book. I would say don't bother and read books by John Holt instead. How Children Fail, How Children Learn and the others. Read morePublished on 20 May 2013 by amymcc
This book pulls together selective, distorted and half-digested research to drive forward the case for greater and greater privatisation. Read morePublished on 18 May 2013 by Dr T Wrigley
I bought this book because of the essay by Sophie Blackway, who exposes the scandal of our Special Educational Needs (SEN) industry. Read morePublished on 25 April 2013 by T. Burkard