Leadership and Careers Provision: A New Dawn (FETL)

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Further Education Trust for Leadership This new research conducted by Deirdre Hughes OBE explores the ways in which leaders can provide young people and adults with the pathways they need to achieve success, and aims to encourage discussion around ways forward in these uncertain times. Executive Summary: FETL commissioned this ‘think piece’ to stimulate ideas […]

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Career Ready? How schools can better prepare young people for working life in the era of Covid-19 (OECD)

December 17, 2020

December 17, 2020

OECD The paper reviews academic literature that analyses national longitudinal datasets evidencing teenage career-related indicators of better than expected adult employment outcomes. It then draws on PISA2018 data to see how countries compare and explores variations by social characteristics. The analysis is influenced by Arjan Apparadui’s conception of the Capacity to Aspire, and sees indicators […]

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Moving out to move on: Understanding the link between migration, disadvantage and social mobility (The Social Mobility Commission)

October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

The Social Mobility Commission This publication explores the characteristics of those who leave and remain across the Great Britain. The report shows migration from both poorer and richer areas but those who leave poorer areas are four times more likely to go to areas with similar or higher levels of deprivation. The peak age for […]

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Gender Stereotyping in Parents’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of Boys’ and Girls’ Mathematics Performance in Ireland (Geary Institute, University College Dublin)

October 12, 2020

October 12, 2020

Authors Selina McCoy (Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin and Trinity College Dublin) Delma Byrne (National University of Ireland Maynooth and Geary Institute, University College Dublin) Pat O’Connor (University of Limerick and Geary Institute, University College Dublin) Abstract This paper is concerned with the underlying question of what shapes the assessment of children’s mathematical ability: […]

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Beyond ‘NEET’ and ‘tidy’ pathways: considering the ‘missing middle’ of youth transition studies (School of Education, University of Southampton)

October 4, 2020

October 4, 2020

Steven Roberts   Abstract Jones’ (2002) discussion of polarised transitions and the ‘fast and slow lanes to adulthood’ espoused by Bynner et al. (2002) are good examples of how dualistic language often permeates youth transitions discourses. This often results in transitions research concentrating on a dichotomy of experience during the youth phase. The primary purpose […]

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Education to Work Transitions: How the Old Middle Went Missing and Why the New Middle Remains Elusive (University of Liverpool)

October 2, 2020

October 2, 2020

by Kenneth Roberts University of Liverpool   Abstract Middling youth were centre stage in research on school-to-work transitions from the early-20th century up to and throughout the 1980s. Since then they have been overshadowed by sociological attention to the young unemployed/NEETs on the one side, and university students and graduates on the other. Simultaneously, economists […]

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A Multination Study of Socioeconomic Inequality in Expectations for Progression to Higher Education: The Role of Between-School Tracking and Ability Stratification (Australian Catholica University, University College London)

October 2, 2020

October 2, 2020

Philip D. Parker, John Jerrim, Ingrid Schoon, Herbert W. Marsh   In recent decades there have been significant declines in inequality of expectations and attainment for tertiary education by gender and ethnicity. But large differences in educational expectations and attainment by socioeconomic status have remained. Educational expectations are the most important predictor of attainment, but […]

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The Aspiration Gap (The Prince’s Trust)

October 1, 2020

October 1, 2020

This report by the Prince’s Trust highlights an “aspiration gap” as the pandemic in the UK impacts young people’s ambitions and aspirations. According to the survey, more than a third of young people (39%) have abandoned their aspirations for the year ahead. This increases significantly among those respondents who are NEET. 44% of NEET young […]

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