ERIC Number: EJ856100
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
"No One Helped Out. It Was Like, "Get on with It. You're an Adult Now. It's up to You". You Don't ... It's Not like You Reach 17 and Suddenly You Don't Need Any Help Anymore": A Study into Post-16 Pastoral Support for "Aimhigher Students"
Rogers, Ruth Ann
Pastoral Care in Education, v27 n2 p109-118 Jun 2009
In 2002, the UK Government set the target of increasing participation in higher education to 50% of 18-30 year olds by 2010, with a particular focus on young people from "non-traditional backgrounds". In order to increase this participation, a range of initiatives have been introduced in an effort to encourage young people to enter post-16 education. One significant initiative is Aimhigher, which specifically targets lower socio-economic groups and aims to raise the attainment and aspirations of young people. This paper emerges from research conducted in 2008 into post-16 withdrawal rates amongst Aimhigher students in the South East of England. Drawing from interviews and case studies with young people, further education (FE) colleges and schools, the paper argues that students benefit significantly from the intensive pastoral support provided in Aimhigher target schools, but that this is rarely carried over into FE. Although there is often significant pastoral support provided to students in FE, it is often quite disparate from that provided in Aimhigher schools and suffers from low take up. Whilst previous research investigating student withdrawal has focused on individual factors (socio-economic status and ethnicity) or institutional factors (the labour market), this paper highlights the views of young people and argues that, through establishing effective and cohesive mentoring schemes, schools and FE colleges have a substantial role to play in reducing student withdrawal.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Attainment, Socioeconomic Status, Vocational Education, Two Year Colleges, Young Adults, Mentors, School Role, School Holding Power
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)