Mapping the Way to a More Equitable Future for Education

Mapping the Way to a More Equitable Future for Education Mapping the way to a more equitable future for education
Date: 16 Jun 2022 Venue: Online
Time: 12:30 - 13:30
Type: Thought leadership Fee: Free of charge

Could sharing information better across the education and youth sector help us shape a more equitable system?

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This is the third event in a series of discussion sessions, convened by Loic Menzies, from our series Mapping the Way to a More Equitable Future for Education. We'll be exploring perspectives on the information policymakers and practitioners need, how we can share that information more effectively, and how we can tackle the obstacles to equity.

Closed silos, incompatible systems, and mutual incomprehension currently lock-up knowledge that could point the way towards more equitable opportunities and outcomes for children and young people. 

However, there is a balance to strike between informal and relational information and more large-scale, systematic data. There are also tensions between using information to understand individual needs and understanding the macro-level trends that shape outcomes at system level. 

During a recent roundtable discussion, system leaders and policy experts came together to reflect on how education systems can overcome these challenges. Participants came from key government agencies, local area-based partnerships and third-sector organisations that serve some of England’s most marginalised young people. 

At this interactive live webinar, Loic will present key themes and opportunities emerging from the discussion and invite participants to share their own experiences and ideas.

About this series

Advancing equity in education is a major priority for policy makers and practitioners, both in the UK and internationally. It also sits at the heart of Cambridge Assessment Network’s mission to bring high-quality assessment dialogue and practice to the sector.

Loic Menzies, former Chief Executive of The Centre for Education and Youth, and co-editor of Young People on the Margins, working alongside the Network, will be convening a series of round tables with policy experts and education practitioners on the topic of equity in education. 

Inviting key voices in the education sector, he will explore themes in relation to how better information - assessment data and beyond - might help policy makers and practitioners steer towards greater educational equity. 

He will then share insight from these roundtables with the wider education community through these interactive discussion sessions, where participants will be asked to contribute their own ideas, comments and questions.

The aim is to build an incredibly rich body of thinking, which participants will have played a critical role in helping to develop. We then hope to synthesise this in a short report - or maybe it'll be time to draw that map!

Our speaker

Loic Menzies - Speaker

Loic Menzies is a researcher and policy specialist with twenty years' experience in the education and youth sector.  He has authored numerous high-profile reports on issues ranging from youth homelessness to teacher recruitment and is editor of "Young People on the Margins: Priorities for action in education and youth" which was published by Routledge in Spring 2021.

Loic was previously Chief Executive of the think and action tank The Centre for Education and Youth and is a former teacher, youth worker and tutor for Canterbury Christ Church University's Faculty of Education. He has also been a school governor and a trustee of a number of youth and social entrepreneurship charities.

He is currently researching and writing his second book 'How Education and Youth Policy Happens' for Routledge and is an Associate Education Specialist for Cambridge Assessment Network; National Director for the Foundation for Education Development; and a Visiting Fellow at the Sheffield Institute of Education.