Education, employment and youth: Contemporary attitudes towards post-16 and post-18 education access

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Providing opportunities for young people leaving compulsory schooling to purse world-class further and higher education is a global concern. Post-compulsory education is constructed as a panacea for social mobility, but has fallen disappointingly short of this ambition in many country contexts (Hoskins and Shah, 2016). In the UK in December 2017, the then secretary of state for education, Justine Greening MP, set out her ambitious plans to improve social mobility through education (ibid). She set out four targets that will provide interventions for children from the early years onwards,…

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