Recovering potential: factors associated with success in engaging challenging students with alternative pre-16 provision
Attwood, G., Croll, P. and Hamilton, J. (2005) Recovering potential: factors associated with success in engaging challenging students with alternative pre-16 provision. Educational Research, 47 (2). pp. 149-162. ISSN 0013-1881
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The study focuses on a group of young people for whom conventional school placements had broken down and were attending vocational courses at an FE college while still of compulsory school age. The students had been excluded by, or had failed to attend, their schools or had achieved at very low levels in the academic curriculum. Over half successfully completed the vocational course at college. Many factors conventionally regarded as predictors for poor educational outcomes were not associated with completion and non-completion. For example, students who had been excluded, who had statements of special educational needs and had been involved with the criminal justice system were as likely to complete their courses as other students. However, students who had very poor attendance records at school also tended to drop out of college. The results suggest that the increased flexibility, guidance and elements of work-related learning promised in current 14 - 19 developments may help meet the needs of this group of students.