Social and ethnic inequalities in choice available and choices made at age 16

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Author: Allen, Rebecca; Parameshwaran, Meenakshi; Thomson, Dave


The transition at the age of 16 marks the first point in most individuals' educational lives where opportunities and choice become markedly diverse. Students can choose whether to attend school sixth forms, sixth form colleges or further education (FE) colleges. This choice is, in part, geographically shaped by quite idiosyncratic variation in institutional provision. For example, students in London are able to choose between large numbers of providers with exceptionally high access to school sixth forms. The North West has high levels of provision in sixth form colleges, unlike the...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; Participation; Career development; Equity; Demographics; Gender

Keywords: Decision making; Career goal; Career choice; Ethnicity; Social mobility; Transition from secondary to further education and training; Access to education and training; Educational background; Socioeconomic background; Rural urban disparity

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: London, England: Social Mobility Commission, 2016

Physical description: [75] p.

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Resource type: Report

Call number: TD/TNC 127.333

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