Partnerships to support early school leavers: school-college transitions and winter leavers in Scotland.

Canduela, Jesus, Chandler, Rachel, Elliott, Ian, Lindsay, Colin, MacPherson, Suzi, McQuaid, Ronald W and Raeside, Robert (2010) Partnerships to support early school leavers: school-college transitions and winter leavers in Scotland. Journal of Education and Work, 23 (4). pp. 339-362. ISSN 1363-9080

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This article explores the characteristics, destinations and progression routes of early school leavers - specifically 'exceptional entry winter leavers' - in Scotland. Exceptional entry allows students to enter college in the term before their statutory school leaving date - such young people attend college while formally remaining the responsibility of their school. Such arrangements represent an innovative model of supporting transitions to further education among a specific, potentially vulnerable client group, while also offering lessons for the development of school-college collaboration in other areas. Based on an analysis of official data, new survey research with schools and colleges, and in-depth case studies, this article identifies how schools and colleges work in partnership to support these early school leavers. We find that schools and colleges have developed a range of innovative approaches to engaging with winter leavers, and that the majority complete their programmes or achieve other positive end-of-year outcomes. However, the most disadvantaged young people remain least likely to progress. The article concludes by identifying lessons for good practice in school-college partnership-working and considering implications for policies to prevent young people from finding themselves not in employment, education or training.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1363-9080
Electronic ISSN: 1469-9435
Uncontrolled Keywords: early school leavers; college; further education; NEET
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Item ID: 4357
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2011 13:34
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 11:00

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