Post-18 Educational Choices: ‘Our Students Need to Avoid the easyJet Version of Universities’
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This chapter explores how the students decide upon their post-18 educational pathways in terms of the resources and support available to them from their teachers and families. I then explore how recent policy changes to higher education tuition fees have influenced the students’ views on attending university and I provide the teachers’ views on university as an option for their students’ participation. Finally, I explore how the students’ gender, social class and ethnicity influence their decisions to attend university and the type of university course and institution they intend to apply for. In examining their plans for their post-18 choices, I highlight any advantages possessed by those young people with more academically ‘successful’ identities in terms of their achievements.
KeywordsCollege Attendance Higher Education Funding Council Of England (HEFCE) White British Russell Group Institutions Black African Caribbean
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