This event took place at the Westlain Building, Falmer on Thursday 8 October and was presented by Professor Sally Tomlinson of Goldsmiths College and the University of Oxford.
In this seminar, Professor Tomlinson looked back over her research over many years. She explained why it is important to understand what political, social, economic 'theories' lie behind the policies and practices in the changing education system, especially those concerning special education, disability, low attainment, race and ethnicity. She emphasised how problematic the notion of ‘ability’ is and the social class dimensions of who gets labelled as ‘lower’ attaining or ‘less’ able.
The event was a 90-minute seminar.
The event was attended by over 50 staff and students and aimed to improve understanding about the theory and practice of education policy decisions.