Professor Lee Elliot Major

Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter

In this session, Lee Elliot Major will set out the equity approach, which strives to make classrooms genuinely inclusive, while acknowledging the material and cultural impediments to learning outside the school gates. This follows his recently published book, Equity in Education which was ranked among Amazon’s 'Hot New Releases in Education’.  


Lee challenges the deficit mindset that has dominated national education policy. This includes replacing unhelpful labels such as ‘disadvantaged pupils’ with ‘under-resourced pupils’ and recognising social class biases in the classroom. Lee will provide some best bets for classroom practice to improve outcomes for all pupils. 


Lee Elliot Major is Britain’s first Professor of Social Mobility, based at the University of Exeter, and speaks about social equity across the world.