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ERIC Number: EJ805880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
Pupil Disaffection in Areas of Socio-Economic Disadvantage: Implications for Effective School Leadership
Lloyd-Nesling, Norma
Management in Education, v20 n5 p23-31 2006
This paper examines specific elements of a much wider study that attempted to ascertain the reasons for under-achievement in a large comprehensive school in the Welsh valleys. Specific Academic performance at General Certificate of Secondary Education (G.C.S.E.) level was poor in Randall, the main case school, in relation to other schools with similar socio-economic problems particularly in Tregarn Valley. Between 1980 and 1993 academic attainment had fallen from 47% to just 9% of pupils achieving five grades A*-C at G.C.S.E. level indicating that the school was unquestionably failing to reach the Government National Education and Training Targets, Foundation Target 1. Over the four year in-depth study, and beyond, examination results in Randall continued to improve. By 2000 the pass rate had risen to 32% but this figure also included a substantial number of pupils engaged in General National Vocational Qualification (G.N.VQ.) equivalent courses. However, they did not catch up with other schools in Tregarn who were also producing better results. Disaffection appeared to be increasing throughout the school. From informal conversations with pupils of various abilities it seemed that many of them did not value education and had little desire to succeed. This presented a conundrum for the author and the staff in Randall. This article presents the findings of this study that investigated the views of pupils in all five secondary schools in Tregarn Valley. It also offers some implications for effective school leadership. (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)