‘Equality and Equity at Scottish School – Andrew Robson’

‘Equity’ is the key concept for the current Scottish education policy. Andrew Robson, Deputy Head Teacher, Hillhead Primary School, Glasgow, explains this in relation to ‘equality’: “If everybody gets the same input, the same support, that would be equal. Equity is when we consider everybody’s needs. Equality for all doesn’t meet needs, wheres equity that meets needs.” Behind addressing the importance of ‘equity’ at school seems to lie recognition that when the same delivery is made to children, not all children would be able to receive it due to children’s different learning styles, different backgrounds, and different capacity to learn. But, why is it important to meet every child’s needs?

“When children come to school, they learn. If you only pitched your teaching at those who coped, then there will be awful lots of children who, socially, would not cope. You would not be supporting them in moving into greater society. We deliver for the best possible outcomes for our children.”    

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Camera: Fumi Nakabachi
Directed and Edited by: Yushin Toda
14 minutes
Produced by Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda, Japan Desk Scotland
© Japan Desk Scotland 2017

In English with English subtitles.

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This is a part of Documentary Films Production. The documentary has been shown:

(1) on Wednesday 19 April 2017 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Japan@Strathclyde 2016/17‘;

(2) on Wednesday 26 April 2017 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2016/17;

(3) on Monday 19 June 2017 at the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Inclusive Glasgow – Documentaries’;

(4) on Friday 14 July 2017 at Oshima National College of Maritime Technology, Yamaguchi, Japan;

(5) on 13 June 2018 at Moving Image Archive, National Library of Scotland, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland;

(6) on 3 July 2019 at Faculty of Administration and Social Sciences, Fukushima University, Japan; and

(7) on 5 November 2019 at the International Study Group held in the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland.