Many pregnant teenagers and young mothers have become disengaged from mainstream education which leaves them vulnerable and dependent upon the welfare benefits system. Re-engagement with education in a vocational setting can help them to restore a sense of self worth, and self confidence.
The creation of ‘well-rounded’ young people with ‘character’, resilience, and ‘grit’ is a key priority for the Department for Education. Building resilience and character is crucial to reducing engagement in unhealthy risky behaviours says Jamila Boughelaf of the Mentor alcohol and drugs charity.
The Conservatives have promised more new free schools if they return to power, while Labour has pledged to end the programme. But do they work? Judith Judd assesses the evidence.
A new analysis of data from the General Household Survey and the Labour Force Survey shows many second-generation migrants have fared better than their parents in the education system. But some groups have lagged behind.
One in three children mainly from poorer backgrounds spend little or no time in after school clubs. If they did attend them, would they do better at school and could it help close the attainment gap between rich and poor?
How does where you grow up affect your life chances? Evidence from Germany suggests that disadvantaged young people fare less well than their peers during recessions.
Young people are increasingly disengaged with politics and politicians. Can a commitment to good quality citizenship education get them to re-engage?
The attainment gap between rich and poor remains stubbornly wide. Reducing it will take time but, in the meantime, improving the quality of teaching and making it more relevant to the needs of poorer children could have a significant effect on raising their attainment.
The mental health of our children has been seriously neglected in recent years. Schools are struggling to cope and while support mechanisms exist, they are neither fully understood or utilised.
Family incomes fell during the recession – but the cost of raising a child went up. How have the lives of the poorest families been affected, and how are they coping now? Donald Hirsch says new research will help provide some of the answers.