Assignment 2 (2,500 words)

You should include a range of sources for each key point as this demonstrates that you have considered different perspectives and it strengthens your argument.

Choose one question.

  1. Outline how poverty and deprivation can affect educational outcomes, and, by referring to relevant research and appropriate evidence, critically reflect on the ways in which schools can support pupils from deprived backgrounds to achieve their full potential.
  2. In what ways does gender affect pupils’ educational experiences and outcomes? By referring to research and appropriate evidence, outline how schools can work to ensure equality of opportunity and outcome, with regard to gender.


  1. Outline the opportunities that exist for schools to ensure that pupils have access to a curriculum that is culturally diverse in its scope, and promotes tolerance and understanding. Critically reflect on the challenges this may pose in certain curriculum subjects.

Optional books to include in essay:


Some suggested sources

Question 1- poverty, deprivation and educational outcomes:

  1. Egan (2013).
  2. Hirsch (2007).


  1. Horgan (2007).


  1. Machin and Macnally (2006).
  2. Social market Foundation (2017).


  1. Kiernan et al. (2011)


  1. Carter-Wall et al. (2012).


  1. Dickerson et al. (2015).


  1. St Claire and Benjamin (2013).


Question 2- Gender and Pupils educational experiences and outcomes:

  1. IOE et al (n.d).


  1. Unterhalter et al (2014)


  1. DfES (2007).


  1. Weaver-Hightower (2003).


  1. Gilborn and Mirza (2000).


  1. Hutchinson et al (2013).


Question 3 – a curriculum that is culturally diverse

  1. ACT (2007).



  1. Bednall et al (2007).


  1. DfES (2007).


  1. Maylor et al (2007)