Reclaiming Schools seminar
‘Reclaiming Schools’ was set up to support campaigns for progressive and socially responsible education, and aims to make reliable research available to teachers and the wider community. Last week they held a seminar in York on ‘Poverty and Education’, which drew together academics working in sociology, psychology and education with local teachers and students. Participants discussed the effects of austerity in schools, including the rise of mental health problems in schools with the increase in poverty, and the pressures on teachers and students. Jo Littler from CCI / Sociology was one of the participants and spoke about governmental and cultural discourse on aspiration.