Education

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Blog – Meetup: Cambridge City Council’s Anti-poverty Strategy

As part of our regular meetups, The Cambridge Commons invites speakers to discuss their work related to inequality in Cambridge. At our most recent event, we were delighted to be joined by David Kitson and Helen Crowther talking about the City Council’s Anti-poverty Strategy including Helen’s role as Equality and Anti-poverty Officer. What are the …

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Blog – Keeping an eye on 2027: what are we aiming for in education?

I have been doing a lot of reading recently about inequality and education. It’s all pretty discouraging stuff: social mobility is falling; school exclusions are rising, often due to social inequalities beyond a school’s control; GSCE performance is rising slightly but there are concerns about the costs to pupils’ health. Are we teaching the pupil …

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Blog – Lewis Herbert’s Article on Cambridge University’s Role in Tackling Inequality

A few weeks ago the Leader of Cambridge City Council, Lewis Herbert, wrote an article for the Cambridge Independent on how Cambridge University can help to tackle inequality in the city. Find below the full text of the article which Cambridge Commons believes is a positive, practical message on how Cambridge University can help to …

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Blog – Inequality in Britain ‘bleak’ according to public body

The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) report ‘Is Britain Fairer?’ was released last week in pre-publication format. You can download the report here – https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/britain-fairer-2018 The report outlines how inequalities are continuing to blight British society; suggesting some groups within our society are being ‘forgotten or left behind’. Producing this report is a statutory …

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Promoting equality in Cambridge: our AGM with Robert Porrer

It’s been a significant year in the life of The Cambridge Commons and our AGM this past Thursday was an opportunity to take stock. In just 12 months we have: run 17 events in the imagine2027 series with 3,000+ seat reservations built a mailing list of 1,300+ supporters of greater equality run a forum for …

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Blog – Big Tent Ideas Festival

The “Big Tent Ideas Festival” Babraham, Cambs, 8 September 2018.   Some thoughts the “Big Tent” event attended recently by TCC Member Kimon Roussopoulos.   The event was co-chaired by George Freeman MP (Con, briefly was Life Sciences minister) and (Baroness) Sally Morgan, sometime Blair advisor in Number 10 and other capacities.  It was the …

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Cambridge Commons invited to submit response to regional economic review

The Cambridge Commons has been invited to submit evidence to a major commission on the regional economy. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER) has been set up to establish a coherent strategic position on regional growth, infrastructure and devolution. The interim report argued for steps to make the regional economy more inclusive, a …

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imagine2027 forum with Zoe Williams will ask how we move from talk to action

Join us and our guest Zoe Williams for a forum on how we turn the ideas raised through the imagine2027 series into practical action for change. Bring your ideas for initiatives to combat inequality. As the speaking phase of imagine2027 winds up, this is a great opportunity to meet and join with others to make …

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Danny Dorling: ‘Stop the stupid competition between schools to bring down inequality’

Danny Dorling made an impassioned plea for a better education system in the UK at the second in our series of visionary talks on fairness, imagine2027. The Oxford Professor of Geography showed how inequalities in his city were fueling deep divides in outcomes for children, entrenching inequality for generations to come. Instead he called for …

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Plans to close children’s centres shows we are not ‘serious about tackling inequality’ – Zeichner

The proposed closure of four Cambridge children’s centres shows we are not serious about tackling inequality and improving family health, according to local MP Daniel Zeichner. The MP was responding to proposals outlined in a consultation currently available to the public. Those who came to our April Saturday morning Our Cambridge meeting with Pat Mackenzie heard about her Kings …

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