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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School and Out-of-school Practices

This chapter looks at classroom practices that affect equity along with out-of-school practices, particularly relationships between schools, parents and communities. Among different approaches, we highlight the need to reduce grade repetition in some countries, to develop approaches designed for the individual learner (including mixed ability teaching), and effective intervention strategies to support underperforming students or classrooms. Schools also need to reach out to homes of disadvantaged children, using strategies such as homework clubs and improved communication with parents to improve the out-of-school learning environment.

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