Education Inequalities – Dale Heaney and Noel Purdy

Season 4 | Episode 3
19m | Jan 27, 2022

Noel Purdy (Director of the Centre for Research on Educational Underachievement at Stranmillis University College and lead author of the Fair Start report) and Dale Heaney (Head of Tackling Educational Disadvantage at the Department of Education with oversight responsibility for implementation of the Fair Start report) join former BBC NI education correspondent Maggie Taggart.


They discuss how the actions of the Fair Start report will make a difference, particularly to those children facing educational underachievement, and how the Department of Education is working to implement the strategy, what challenges they face and what success will look like.


This is part of a series of podcasts from the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland exploring how to tackle inequalities in education in Northern Ireland. Subscribe to hear the whole series, or check out previous podcasts at

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