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

Canduela, Jesus and Chandler, Rachel and Elliott, Ian and Lindsay, Colin and Macpherson, Suzi and McQuaid, Ronald 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
ID code: 37755
Keywords: school leavers, employment, training, partnerships, Management. Industrial Management, Education, Public Administration, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Subjects: Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Human Resource Management
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2012 12:37
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 15:11
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/37755

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