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‘My school has been quite pushy about the Oxbridge thing’ : voice and choice of higher education

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posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by T Byrom, P Thomson, P Gates
Whilst government policies are now pushing teachers to listen to pupils, this concern is largely framed within the school improvement agenda. This is not the only arena where listening to pupils counts. This article examines the ways in which two young people, making a significant choice about which university to attend, felt unable to discuss their interests and concerns with their teachers. In one case, this resulted in a young woman doing less well in her examinations in order to avoid getting her first preference of Oxbridge, and securing her ‘real choice’ at another Russell Group university. The other was not invited by his school to apply to Oxbridge, despite a desire to go there which he felt unable to articulate at school. We suggest that, given the current concern over widening participation, these two cases provide hints that all is not well with school gate-keeping and career guidance procedures.

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Journal

Improving schools

Volume

10

Pagination

29-40

Location

London, England

ISSN

1365-4802

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

Sage Publications

Issue

1

Publisher

Sage

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