Aspiration and NEET young people

For a recent research project, SET member and teacher Paul Smith spent time talking to young people aged sixteen to nineteen. Most of these learners had been classed as 'Not in Education, Employment or Training' (NEET) or had attended several courses in colleges and training providers before starting their current courses. This blog describes some of his findings.


[Blog abstract]

The image of young people studying on courses designed for those who have not achieved GCSEs can be poor. They are often portrayed as lacking in skills and aspiration, with some characterised as having bad behaviour and poor motivation.

Rather than lacking in aspiration, many saw a future in childcare, health and social care, accountancy, construction and administration. Some aspired to apprenticeships, whilst others aspired to do higher education level courses. 

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