In this timely book, Rachel Macfarlane poses a blunt question: why do we tolerate inequality in education? Drawing on a wide range of case studies across every phase of education, Macfarlane shows how a can-do spirit of optimism, combined with the careful application of research findings, can help schools to improve every child's life chances.
Whilst Obstetrics for Schools is a visionary book, it is also firmly grounded in reality. In particular, Macfarlane draws substantially on her own track record as an exceptional head teacher and system leader. The many case studies show how ideals can be put into action in a wide range of different schools and contexts, and they also act as a testament to Macfarlane's commitment to collaborative school improvement.
If you think it's intolerable that a child's success in school is largely predicted by how well off their parents are, then you must read this book. It didn't just heat up my outrage; it gave me practical examples of how I might become a better school leader, too. It also gave me courage.