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Island Voices: choice, equity and opportunity in Jersey schools

Island Voices: choice, equity and opportunity in Jersey schools
Island Voices: choice, equity and opportunity in Jersey schools
This paper explores issues of choice and opportunity in Jersey schools. Within a ‘closed’ island context, it gives voice to concerns that families have about the schools their children can attend, the subjects they can study, the extra-curricular activities they can pursue and the wider opportunities they perceive they have (or do not have) as a result of their education. Data collection was undertaken across both state and private sectors, primary and secondary schools, and included questionnaires, focus groups and interviews with school governors, headteachers, business leaders, teachers, pupils and parents. Our findings, which have application to insular communities around the world, reveal restricted outcomes associated with the reputational stigma of some schools, the limitations in how subject choices are actualised in schools and unequal academic attainment across the system, especially for the children of immigrant workers.
choice, opportunity, equity, schooling, island community
0305-764X
Kelly, Anthony
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Azaola, Marta
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Schulz, John
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Kelly, Anthony, Azaola, Marta and Schulz, John (2019) Island Voices: choice, equity and opportunity in Jersey schools. Cambridge Journal of Education. (doi:10.1080/0305764X.2019.1604626). (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper explores issues of choice and opportunity in Jersey schools. Within a ‘closed’ island context, it gives voice to concerns that families have about the schools their children can attend, the subjects they can study, the extra-curricular activities they can pursue and the wider opportunities they perceive they have (or do not have) as a result of their education. Data collection was undertaken across both state and private sectors, primary and secondary schools, and included questionnaires, focus groups and interviews with school governors, headteachers, business leaders, teachers, pupils and parents. Our findings, which have application to insular communities around the world, reveal restricted outcomes associated with the reputational stigma of some schools, the limitations in how subject choices are actualised in schools and unequal academic attainment across the system, especially for the children of immigrant workers.

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Accepted/In Press date: 3 April 2019
Keywords: choice, opportunity, equity, schooling, island community

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Local EPrints ID: 430131
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/430131
ISSN: 0305-764X
PURE UUID: 50cf3836-b191-4dd0-b100-03e0d2cc06d9
ORCID for Anthony Kelly: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4664-8585

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Date deposited: 12 Apr 2019 16:30
Last modified: 13 Apr 2019 00:35

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