05 SES 09, Combating School Droput
This paper reports on a research project undertaken in 2012 with young people who were at risk from being excluded from school. The research specifically focused on capturing the voices of young people through video diaries to follow their narratives and provide an insight into their lived experiences of managing school and alternative education provision (AEP). The research is situated the English context where much evidence of late has focused on children at risk of exclusion from school and where there is limited research on the young person’s perspective (Hayden, 2009).
In the England early intervention for children struggling at school is offered through Alternative Education Provision (AEP) where the education of the young person operates beyond the school environments in informal learning settings, often offered through local authority provision and youth services. Informal education is recognised to support re-engagement and resilience in young people (Thomas, Vigurs, Suarez, Newman, Dickenson and Sinclair, 2008; OfSTED, 2008).
Greater interest in the voices of the young people themselves has been brought into sharper focus with the publication of the Children’s Commissioner Report in March 2012 ‘They never give up on you’, which reported on the experiences of 2000 young people at risk of exclusion, noting the vulnerability of particular groups in the education system – (boys, children receiving free school meals (FSM) ethnic minority groups and gypsy, roma and traveller children). Also, that the same young people are at risk of becoming not in employment, education or training (NEET) and becoming permanently excluded from school. This maps a depressing journey where lack of access to education increases the risk of children entering the criminal justice system (Hayden 2010, Daniels, Cole, Sellman, Sutton, Visser and Bedward, 2003). What this and other research has identified is that for many of these young people they are carrying complex needs and leading complex lives, ‘carrying baggage’. What issues are significant in these stories? How do young people cope with navigate their lives between school and alternative education provision (AEP) programmes? What is critical to their success? How do they develop resilience to re-engage with school programmes?
Brodie, I. and Morris, M. (2009). Improving educational outcomes for looked-after children and young people. London: Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services. Buchwald, Dorte (2009) ‘Video Diary Data Collection in Research with Children: An Alternative Method’, International Journal of Qualitative Methods 2009, 8 (1) 12-20 Children’s Commissioner Report (2012). ‘They never give up on you’. Office of the Children’s Commissioner School Exclusions Inquiry. London Daniels, H., Cole, T., Sellman, E., Sutton, J., Visser, J., with Bedward, J. (2003). Study of Young People Permanently Excluded from School. School of Education, University of Birmingham. (Department for Education and Skills Research Report RR405). London: DfES. Dillon, Lisette (2009) Self-narratives of children: using digital journals in AARE 2008 Conference Papers Collection, 30 November-4 December 2008, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Hayden, Carole (2009) ‘Deviance and violence in schools: a review of the evidence in England’ in International Journal of Violence and School – 9 – September 2009, pp8-35 Jefferies, A.L.; Hyde, R.S.; Bullen, P.R (2008) How it was for me…': First steps on our Learners' Journeys through HE Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire, STROLL project [online] Available from https://uhra.herts.ac.uk/dspace/bitstream/2299/3625/1/903461.pdf [Accessed 15/09/2012] Jewitt, Carey (2012) National Centre for Research Methods Working Paper: An introduction to using video for research London: Institute of Education Kilpatrick, R., McCartan, C., McKeown, P. with Gallagher, A. (2007) Out of the Box – Alternative Education Provision in Northern Ireland, Research Report No. 45 (Bangor: Department of Education). Masten, A., Best, K., and Garmezy, N. (1990). Resilience and development: contributions from the study of children who overcome adversity. Development and Psychopathology, 2, pp.425-444. OfSTED (2008). Good practice in re-engaging disaffected and reluctant students in secondary schools. Manchester. Ofsted. Report: 070255 Smith, J.A. (1996) ‘Beyond the divide between cognition and discourse: using interpretative phenomenological analysis in health psychology’, Psychology and Health, 11: 261–71 Thomas, J., Vigurs, C.A., Olicer, K., Suarez, B., Newman, M., Dickenson, K.,Sinclair, J. (2008). Target youth support: Rapid Evidence Assessment of effective early interventions for youth at risk of future poor outcomes. London:EPPI-Centre,IOE. Thomson (ed), 2008 Visual Research with Children and Young People, Oxon: Routledge
00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
The programme is updated regularly (each day in the morning)
- Search for keywords and phrases in "Text Search"
- Restrict in which part of the abstracts to search in "Where to search"
- Search for authors and in the respective field.
- For planning your conference attendance you may want to use the conference app, which will be issued some weeks before the conference
- If you are a session chair, best look up your chairing duties in the conference system (Conftool) or the app.