No More Failures

Ten Steps to Equity in Education

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No More Failures challenges the assumption that there will always be failures and dropouts, those who can’t or won’t make it in school. In fact, initiatives in many countries demonstrate that it is possible to successfully tackle school failure and dropout rates – and to reduce the huge social cost of adults without basic skills. This book offers a valuable comparative perspective on how different countries have handled equity in education. Among the issues it explores are tracking, streaming and academic selection;  school choice; secondary education structures and second chance programmes; grade repetition; links between school and home; early childhood education; resource allocation; targets for equity; and the special needs of migrants and minorities. The book identifies three key areas for delivering equity in education (the design of education systems, classroom practices and resourcing) and proposes ten concrete policy measures, backed by evidence, on how to reduce school failure and dropout rates.

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Groups at Risk

The Special Case of Migrants and Minorities

This chapter concentrates on the difficult educational pathways of migrants and minorities. These pathways often reflect how the two dimensions of equity overlap: many immigrant groups tend to have lower performance compounded by low socio-economic background. Approaches to overcoming these hurdles include strengthening early childhood education and care for these groups, avoiding streaming immigrants into special education, improving language training and strengthening teacher professional development to deal with multiculturalism. Measures to reduce discrimination in the labour market can also increase incentives for immigrants to obtain a good education.

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