10th March 2016

The Sutton Trust and Carnegie’s Best in Class social mobility summit offered a platform for Schools Minister Nick Gibb, the Chief Inspector and a range of other teachers and commentators to discuss the challenges of increasing opportunities for disadvantaged students.

Mr Gibb challenged local authorities to do more to raise standards, while Sir Michael Wilshaw also called for stronger leadership by heads and senior teachers.

Professor Anna Vignoles, of Cambridge University, presented research showing that less experienced teachers were clustered in disadvantaged schools, while colleagues with greater experience were more likely to work in advantaged schools.

A number of international speakers, including Dr Andreas Schleicher, of the OECD, pointed out the strengths of CPD in East Asia and asked whether this could be copied by other countries.

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