The Learning Lottery puts audiences in the black lace-ups of some UK teenagers and gives them one simple goal: do well at school. The teens are eager and the education system professes “to provide world-class education for everyone, whatever their background” (DfE, 2020), so what could possibly go wrong?
Created from research, The Learning Lottery scrutinises the narrative that the UK is a functioning meritocracy. It asks audiences to confront our relationship with a system that insists on its investment in equality, and yet strangely, somehow, always recreates uncannily similar stories of winners and losers.
Which numbers will you draw?
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Katurah Morrish is a theatre-maker, actor and youth arts practitioner with a background in educational research. She is particularly interested in work that investigates the mechanisms and commonly held beliefs that prop up harmful and destructive systems and practices. Katurah is committed to making work that argues for a better future for young people and often finds herself impatiently asking why not change now?
Katurah trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and studied Education at the University of Cambridge. She is Assistant Youth Director at Group 64 Theatre for Young People and a member of the performance art collective thewonderful.
Klaxon and siren sound effects will be used.
Below are links to some of the research that has inspired the Learning Lottery.
Ed. Claire Alexander, Debbie Weekes-Bernard and Jason Arday
Contributors: David Gillborn, Sally Tomlinson, Robin Richardson, Simon Burgess, Yaojun Li, Uvanney Maylor, Vini Lander, Gill Crozier, Heidi Mirza, Sumi Hollingworth, Jason Arday, Nadena Doherty
Stonewall School Report 2017: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people in Britain’s schools in 2017
Josh Bradlow, Fay Bartram and April Guasp Stonewall Dr Vasanti Jadva Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge
Unqualified and unstructured - Autism in mainstream education
Priory Services Literature Review
Effective Teaching and Learning for Pupils in Low Attaining Groups
Máiréad Dunne, Sara Humphreys and Judy Sebba, University of Sussex
Alan Dyson, Frances Gallannaugh and Daniel Muijs, University of Manchester
The identities of South Asian girls in a multicultural school context: constructions, negotiations and constraints
By Veena Meetoo UCL Final PhD Thesis 2016
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