Post-16 Educational Choices and Decision-Making: The Role of Policy and Identity

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


This chapter explores the post-16 educational opportunities available to 22 young people aged 15–16 years located in one outer London Academy School, formerly a comprehensive school until 2012. I will focus on the access and opportunities that the participants perceive are available to them in relation to their post-16 educational pathways. The chapter examines the ways in which recent and radical changes to the further education policy context enable and/or constrain the students in accessing their chosen pathways (Ball et al. 2000). The chapter pays particular attention to the impact of the cuts to the EMA in England, a £30 weekly allowance paid to economically disadvantaged students to support and facilitate their further education studies, typically paid to 16–18-year-olds.


White British Not In Education, Employment Or Training (NEET) Subject Choice Commons Education Committee Black African Caribbean 
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  • Kate Hoskins
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  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUnited Kingdom

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