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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd; Main edition (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781251673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781251676
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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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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A really informative read, more ideas for tackling the problem at secondary level. Would recommend that all teachers read and take note of those children in their class. We need systemic organisation to tackle this effectively.
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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in how the UK can improve its educational performance, and in particular how we can do more for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many interesting arguments and proposals from the different authors that contributed chapters. I really hope those in power read this and start implementing many of the proposals - in particular the ideas put forward re placing more emphasis on early years education and development, as these really are shown to be the key years in any person's brain development. We are clearly under-investing here, and our schools aren't able to close these development gaps that open up very, very early in life.
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This is a collection of sensible "big ideas" to address some really big problems in our education system.I notice that Michael Gove is quoted on the back cover in support of the book.I really hope that he has read it carefully and is well underway in considering how to implement many of the book ideas.
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I greatly enjoyed this book - particularly Chapter 5, which dealt with the importance of the early years of life in quite the most coherent, lively, cogent, engaging and well evidenced way that I have come across. Far from being ideological, Chapter 5 in particular makes sensible and intelligent recommendations based on an excellent synthesis of the scientific evidence. It is a shame other reviewers have criticised this book as it really is a must read text for those with an interest in educational reform.
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I haven't read this book but have seen what it is being used for (see
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2286259/UK-FIVE-times-special-needs-pupils-EU-average-Schools-accused-classifying-poor-performers-having-learning-difficulties.html)

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".
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