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Challenging systemic inequity in education

Class 13 is an award-winning charity training and supporting schools and teachers to develop policies and pedagogical practices that actively challenge systemic inequity. 


We all know the biggest challenges facing young people in education right now are mental health and wellbeing, attainment, and exclusions. We also all know that teachers are under-resourced, overworked and leaving the profession at an unsustainable rate. 


We believe there is an explicit link between teacher perceptions, pedagogy and the school environment to these current challenges. It’s called deficit ideology. And we are on a mission to dismantle it.

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Transforming schools into dynamic environments

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Our long-term aim is that young people and teachers are more engaged in learning. We want schools to step away from a punitive zero tolerance approach to education and move toward a view of education as the practice of freedom, with a central focus on recognising each young person as an individual, and nurturing critical thought. 


Our vision is to transform schools into dynamic environments that affirm every young person’s inherent capacity for success.


"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
Maya Angelou

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We want to produce a body of research to define, explain and demonstrate what we are trying to do and why it is needed. 

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Supporting teachers to create change

Our training seeks to empower educators to become an active threat to inequity. Using the works of established educational thinkers, we’ve created a robust framework that offers professionals an opportunity to learn ideas that challenge the current discourse around supporting young people.


Through social, supportive, and thought-provoking facilitation, participants explore strategies and receive the knowledge, resources and tools to equip them to confidently challenge racism and other forms of inequity in their setting.


“The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy.”
bell hooks

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