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Book Launch: ‘Factories for learning: making race, class and inequality in the neoliberal academy’ by Christy Kulz

Over half of England’s secondary schools are now academies that receive funding directly from central government and operate as autonomous businesses. Academies’ impact on achievement levels has been hotly debated, but the social and cultural changes prompted by this model have received less scrutiny. This book draws on empirical research conducted at Dreamfields Academy, a celebrated secondary academy in an English urban area. Dreamfields’ ‘structure liberates’ ethos claims to free students from a culture of poverty through hard discipline. With its regimented routines and outstanding results, Dreamfields has received praise from across the political spectrum. This book examines the complex stories underlying the glossy veneer of success by exploring how persistent structural inequalities are concealed beneath the colour- blind rhetoric of aspirational citizenship. It argues that the heightened marketisation and centralisation of education instigated through academisation reproduces new raced, classed and gendered inequalities.

Please join us for a discussion of this new book and its themes, accompanied by drinks, snacks, music and a chance to buy the book.

Speakers include:

Prof Heidi Mirza, Goldsmiths

Prof Diane Reay, University of Cambridge

What people have said about Factories for learning:

‘It left me with a sense of outrage because these black, white and Asian working-class students, and every student for that matter, deserve so much more from education than this. This book outlines with sociological precision and keen attentiveness the shape of that educational betrayal’.

Professor Les Back, Goldsmiths, University of London

This book will be a seminal text documenting the effects of the academies policy on schools, teachers and a generation of young people’.


Professor Vini Lander, Edge Hill University

‘Essential reading for anyone interested in the grim reality of education on the conveyor belt that lies behind the shiny deceitful rhetoric of aspirations and social mobility’.

Professor David Gillborn, University of Birmingham

Please contact Christy Kulz at crk35@cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about the event.

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