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ERIC Number: EJ899806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Learning to Fail
Abrams, Fran
Adults Learning, v21 n3 p12-14 Nov 2009
The first decade of the current Labour Government had been characterised by a whole raft of education reforms aimed at driving up standards--a focus on early literacy and numeracy, standards funds to push up exam results, the much greater use of technology to track individual pupils' progress and to ensure a growing number achieved the benchmark leaving standard of five good GCSEs. Yet despite all that, and despite 10 years of economic prosperity, the numbers who became "NEET," or not in education, employment or training, remained stubbornly high. In 2007 the proportion of young people disengaged in the autumn after they reached the school leaving age was around 10 per cent, and had been for years. The reasons for this had very little to do with standards in schools--indeed, research from the London School of Economics had estimated that just one seventh of the causes of educational failure could be placed at the door of the secondary education system. The real causes of underachievement and disengagement, the author felt, went much deeper. Young people from working-class backgrounds are being let down at every stage of their lives, but mentoring--good support and guidance from an adult who doesn't judge them--the author argues, can be the key to turning things around for them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom