Hard to reach? Young people’s experiences and understandings of the post-16 transition

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Hard to reach? Young people’s experiences and understandings of the post-16 transition

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dc.contributor.author Moore, Darren Andrew en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-24T15:54:09Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-21T11:55:38Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-30 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis is concerned with the experiences and understandings of young people as they move from their final two years of compulsory education into a range of post-16 destinations including Further Education, work, apprenticeships and unemployment. The participants were all identified as being ‘hard to reach’ by school practitioners. The research responds to a need to deepen understanding of such young people ahead of the age of participation in education and training in England being raised to 18 in 2015. The research was conducted in the South West of England. The empirical research was undertaken between January 2008 and April 2010 and comprised semi-structured interviews with 51 young people who were interviewed between one and three times during that period. The data presented in this thesis is focused on 11 of those young people who were each interviewed on three occasions. The findings suggest similarities between the post-16 transition experiences of the young people participating here and those of young people in this age range, not identified as ‘hard to reach’. Notwithstanding these parallels, the research revealed that young peoples’ post-16 transitions and the aspirations they hold are often more nuanced than has been theorised in previous research. The findings raise questions about the implications of labelling young people, and 14-19 policy predicated upon assumptions regarding those who do not participate post-16. In conclusion it is suggested that at a time of continued economic uncertainty and UK youth unemployment approaching one million , young people need more flexibility in the school and post-16 experiences that are available and actively encouraged, rather than increased levels of constraint. en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/3370 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher University of Exeter en_GB
dc.subject Transition en_GB
dc.subject Hard to reach en_GB
dc.subject Post-16 en_GB
dc.title Hard to reach? Young people’s experiences and understandings of the post-16 transition en_GB
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_GB
dc.date.available 2012-01-24T15:54:09Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-21T11:55:38Z
dc.contributor.advisor Lawy, Robert en_US
dc.publisher.department Education en_GB
dc.type.degreetitle PhD in Education en_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_GB
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_GB


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