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Title: Can high-performing academies overcome family background and improve social mobility?
Authors: Hoskins, K
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2017, 38 (2), pp. 221 - 240
Abstract: This paper investigates whether schools that match Coalition government criteria for excellence can enable hardworking students, regardless of background, to achieve good examination results and improved chances of social mobility. Students at two case study academies were interviewed about family influences on their development and choice of education and employment pathways. In a ‘best case’ scenario, where prototype academies have rigorously implemented government policy, are students less reliant than before on family resources, influences and dispositions? Our data suggests that family background continues to be an important influence on participants’ attitudes, values, occupational interests and preferences. There are few signs that the new academy regime is creating improved opportunities for social mobility.
ISSN: 0142-5692
Appears in Collections:Dept of Education Research Papers

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