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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Abstract

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
Subjects: X300 Academic studies in Education
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2020 13:53
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2020 14:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/42265

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