October 15, 2014

Primary Guide to Employer Engagement

October 15, 2014

To accompany the launch of Primary Futures, the Education and Employers Taskforce and National Association of Head Teachers published a guide to employer engagement for primary school leaders. The guide discusses some of the most common activities that primary school teachers across the country organise with employers and employees to support learning and help primary school pupils […]

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July 3, 2014

How School Work Experience Policies Can Widen Student Horizons or Reproduce Social Inequality

July 3, 2014

By Tricia Le Gallais and Richard Hatcher, Birmingham City University. In Employer Engagement in Education: Theories and Evidence (Routledge, 2014) eds. Anthony Mann, Julian Stanley and Louise Archer. This article sets out the findings of two research studies which investigate the relationship between the work placements that school students undertake and their social class. The […]

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May 19, 2014

Understanding Employer Engagement in Education: Theories and Evidence

May 19, 2014

Edited by Anthony Mann, Julian Stanley and Louise Archer (London: Routledge, 2014) The first collection of research essays on the subject of employer engagement in education, the book features 17 essays overwhelmingly drawn from papers presented at Taskforce seminars and conferences. “This important book takes the first step in field building – pulling together what […]

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January 14, 2014

“It didn’t really change my opinion”: exploring what works, what doesn’t and why in a school science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers intervention

January 14, 2014

An article by Louise Archer, Jennifer DeWitta & Justin Dillon in Research in Science & Technological Education 32 (1): 35-55 This paper investigates the impact of a pilot intervention programme on girls’ STEM aspirations and knowledge-base of STEM careers. The results of the evaluation suggest that the intervention was not particularly effective at changing STEM […]

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September 26, 2013

Young People’s Backgrounds, Aspirations and Outcomes: Identifying Patterns, Seeking Explanation, Proposing Solutions

September 26, 2013

This seminar focused on the impact of social background and aspirations on employment outcomes for young people. Abstract: There has been a long-standing concern expressed by politicians, media outlets and social scientists with young people’s occupational aspirations, and particularly with the notion that low aspiration or lack of aspiration might be having a significant impact […]

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May 29, 2013

Advancing Academic Achievement Through Career Relevance in the Middle Grades: A Longitudinal Evaluation of CareerStart

May 29, 2013

M.E. Woolley et al American Educational Research Journal pp1-27 May 2013 Woolley et al (2013) evaluate the long-term impact of the CareerStart programme, an instructional programme that introduces career-focused education into the middle school curriculum, on achievement scores and well-being among participating students in the United States. They find that CareerStart has a significant positive […]

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May 23, 2013

Young People’s Career Expectations and their Impact on the Transition to Adulthood

May 23, 2013

This seminar focused on the relationship between aspirations and school to work transitions for young people. Abstract: This paper examined the antecedents and long term outcomes of teenage career aspirations. What are the expectations young people have regarding their educational and occupational pathways? Have these aspirations changed over time? What are the predictors of teenage […]

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April 24, 2013

Comparative Research into the Experiences of Vocational Learners Across Seven European Countries

April 24, 2013

This seminar presented the findings of the 7EU project to inform the policy discussion on vocational education in the UK. Abstract: The 7EU project is a pioneering attempt to investigate and compare the learning experiences of vocational learners across Europe. The research is intended to provide a European and comparative perspective to discussions about practice […]

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March 19, 2013

Nothing in Common: The Career Aspirations of Young Britons Mapped Against Projected Labour Market Demand 2010-2020

March 19, 2013

By Dr Anthony Mann (Director of Research and Policy, Education and Employers), David Massey (UKCES), Peter Glover (UKCES), Elnaz T. Kashefpakdel (Research Analyst, Education and Employers) and James Dawkins (Research Analyst, Education and Employers). A report in the Taskforce’s Occasional Research Papers series in collaboration with b-live and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. The report maps the career aspirations of 10,729 British teenagers […]

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February 14, 2013

“Not girly, not sexy, not glamorous”: primary school girls’ and parents’ constructions of science aspirations

February 14, 2013

Louise Archer et al in Pedagogy, Culture and Society 21:1 (2013) pp.171-194 Archer et al investigate discourses surrounding popular femininity and the importance of social background and social capital in career aspirations and educational or vocational attainment, in relation to science and STEM aspirations. The perception that science is a field for white, middle class […]

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