The Changing Landscape of Opportunity for Young People

  • Kate Hoskins
Part of the Policy and Practice in the Classroom book series (PPC)


At a recent family gathering, my 17-year-old nephew and I spent a lot of time talking about his plans for the coming year. His exams were looming, followed by an anxious wait for the results and important and economically loaded decisions about which higher education course to pursue. The pressure he was experiencing to make the grade was clear to all the family and no amount of time spent studying could relieve the strain, such was the weight of expectation. His experiences are not uncommon; according to research, pressure to achieve exam and university participation has become the norm for 17–18-year-olds (Hoskins and Barker 2014; Brown et al. 2011; Stobart 2008).


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  • Kate Hoskins
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  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUnited Kingdom

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