Mapping the Way to a More Equitable Future for Education | What data do we need?

Mapping the Way to a More Equitable Future for Education | What data do we need? Teacher holding hands with pupils walking up a staircase of books
Date: 10 Feb 2022 Venue: Online
Time: 12:30 - 13:30
Type: Thought leadership Fee: Free of charge

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This is the first in a series of discussion sessions, convened by Loic Menzies, from our series Mapping the Way to a More Equitable Future for Education, which asks, 'What data do we need?'

If we want to map the way towards educational equity we need to make sure policy makers have the right information to guide their decisions. This interactive live session will explore how policy makers can secure the accurate, timely, holistic and actionable information they need in order to make decisions that promote equity.

The session will kick off with a presentation by Loic in which he will summarise themes from a recent expert roundtable hosted in Cambridge. Participants will then have the opportunity to contribute their own ideas, comments and questions on this perennial but crucial question for any education system that aspires to equity. 

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.