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Disadvantage in Devon – Monday 20th March 2023 6pm

The DAG Spring Seminar took place online on Monday 20th March at 6.00 pm and our speaker was Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope.


Watch the seminar here:
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This free one hour evening seminar updated governors, trustees and clerks on the nature of place-based disadvantage in Devon. The seminar considered socio economic disadvantage, cultural isolation and geographic remoteness that challenges many schools in Devon by limiting their access to resources necessary for school improvement. Persistently disadvantaged pupils in these schools continue to attain lower outcomes than similarly disadvantaged urban school pupils at GCSE.

Tanya is Provost and Professor of Education at Plymouth Marjon University and Marjon University Cornwall. Tanya is a committed and enthusiastic educationalist with over three decades experience in schools, colleges and universities in England as a teacher, teacher educator, educational leader and educational researcher.

The author of over 75 papers, reports, articles and books, Tanya is dedicated to exploring social inequity and educational disparity and has spent the last ten years focusing on the challenges for coastal, rural and small schools, including issues of teacher recruitment and retention and access to funding and professional development.