Developing 14-19 education: meeting the needs and improving choice


Lumby, Jacky and Wilson, Michael (2003) Developing 14-19 education: meeting the needs and improving choice. Journal of Education Policy, 18, (5), 533-550. (doi:10.1080/0268093032000124884).

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The recent UK government Green Paper proposes reform for the supply side of 14-19 education, establishing four key goals. This article focuses on the first of these goals: meeting needs and improving choice. The article draws on research on sixth form colleges, general further education colleges and schools. It argues that employers, one of the two groups highlighted in the Green Paper, are a relatively weak force in shaping provision. The second group, young people, are more powerful due to current funding incentives. It presents evidence which suggests that colleges and schools perceive both practical and attitudinal difficulties in collaborating to meet needs by offering flexible routes and a distinctive range of choices. A long history of intervention in the supply side has not achieved widening participation nor equity amongst the choices offered. A more radical approach to influencing the demand side may be needed.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0268-0939 (print)
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Keywords: colleges, educational change, public policy, school choice, social differences
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness
ePrint ID: 42055
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:26
Contact Email Address: jlumby@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/42055

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