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3:00 pm

The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to be Privileged

May 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room LMB/036X, Law and Management Building, Heslington East Campus, University of York + Google Map
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3:30 pm

Government’s claim to improve social mobility by expanding Grammar schools through admitting more ‘disadvantaged’ pupils

May 15 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
D/L/104, Derwent College York, + Google Map

Research on Social Justice and Education Seminar There have been numerous studies showing that Grammar Schools had become ‘ghettoes for the privileged rather than a ladder of opportunity for economically disadvantaged pupils’. There have been no significant academic studies supporting the opposing claims. In 2016 Theresa May promised to improve social mobility by expanding Grammar schools thus ‘helping create a truly meritocratic Britain’.  Existing Grammar schools would be expected to contribute meaningfully towards this by ‘ensuring they admit a proportion of pupils from lower income households’. To fund this government is providing £50m per year to create an extra 30 extra places in each year for each of the first 16 schools. In this seminar, we review the 16 schools to compare these with other existing Grammars to show where they stand in relation to: 1) Recent admission of ‘disadvantaged’ pupils; identifying the challenges which their new commitment involves. 2) Other Grammar schools which have successfully recruited substantial numbers of ‘disadvantaged’ pupils. We identify the funding these schools currently receive to assist in the education of their current ‘disadvantaged’ pupils, to compare with the amounts each school will receive for this somewhat ‘speculative’ project. We raise questions about the accountability mechanisms which need to be in place to ensure value for money. There will be some refreshments available after the seminar at 5pm. Venue details Not wheelchair accessible No hearing loop Contact educ15@york.ac.uk 01904 323460

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5:00 pm

Hiding the Holocaust – how the Nazi concentration camps were hidden

May 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Piazza Building, University of York, University of York
York, YO10 5DD
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This talk explores what Nazi concentration camps looked like and how this influenced civilian attitudes to the inmates therein. The development of the concentration camp system in Germany is considered over the duration of the Nazi period (1933-1945) alongside changes and developments in the architecture and landscape of the camps. The mental and physical distance between inmates and local civilians is then considered to argue that the greater the distance, the easier it was for civilians to ignore the realities of the camps. Speaker biography: Dr Rachael Burns is an Associate Lecturer in Criminology at the University of York. She has been studying the Holocaust and other genocides since 2001, after a visit to Dachau on a school trip. Piazza Building (PZA/016) - Heslington East Campus - University of York

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