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Not Enough Capital Exploring Education and Employment Progression in Further Education (2011)

What is this?

​A research report which explores how civil society organisations can support learners from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds in terms of educational attainment and transition into the workplace. The report focuses on Further Education (FE) as evidence suggests that this is where most learners from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds participate in post-16 education. It also highlights the difficulties faced by this group of learners when making decisions about their education and careers.

Who is this for?

​Teachers, practitioners and others who are involved in planning or supporting learning at FE level for young people living in poverty.

Link(s) to full research article

Not Enough Capital? Exploring Education and Employment Progression in Further Education

About this research

How was the research carried out?

The research involved a literature review, desk research and qualitative methods (e.g. 8 focus groups with FE practitioners and students). 

What are the strengths of the research methodology?

Conducting an initial literature review and desk research can provide a useful overview of a particular topic as well as highlighting potential areas to explore. Additionally it can also help inform the development of any research tools or questions for use in the next stage of the process.

What is the context for this research?

The paper adds to existing research on the impact that a lack of cultural, economic and institutional capital can have on learners from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds in the FE sector. It was also used to inform the development of a mentoring initiative between the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA) and colleges which aimed to pair up RSA Fellows with subject expertise in a particular area with young people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds attending college.

Reflective questions

The following questions may provide a stimulus for discussion:

  • Are you aware of any barriers to progression to FE and employment which may be faced by learners from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds in your area?
  • How could your setting improve outcomes for learners from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds?
  • How could you collaborate with partners to improve outcomes for learners from disadvantaged socio-economic  backgrounds?

About the author(s)

This research report was written by Emma Norris (RSA).

Related research/reading

Nelson, J,. Martin, K,. and Featherstone, G. (2013). What Works in Supporting Children and Young People to Overcome Persistent Poverty? A Review of UK and International Literature. Slough: NFER.

Disclaimer

This research was not commissioned by Education Scotland and the findings, recommendations and conclusions do not necessarily reflect the views of Education Scotland.

Full reference

Norris, E. (2001). Not Enough Capital? Exploring Education and Employment Progression in Further Education. London: RSA.