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Towards a Universal Upper Secondary Education System in England

A Unified and Ecosystem Vision

August 2012
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  • Publisher
    UCL IOE Press
  • Published
    14th August 2012
  • ISBN 9780854739233
  • Language English
  • Pages 44 pp.
  • Size 5.875" x 8.5"

In their joint Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Hodgson and Spours argue for a universal upper secondary education system in England. Seeing the education of 14-19 year olds in this way brings considerable demands and requires a new form of critical analysis. At present English upper secondary education remains divided and a truncated experience for many. Progression to further study or employment is not assured.

In this lecture, the authors outline the features of a unified and universal upper secondary education system in England that develops the potential of all, enhances the life chances of young people and goes well beyond the current government’s policy aim of raising the participation age to 18 by 2015. The lecture will suggest new ways of conceptualizing upper secondary education as part of a "high opportunity progression eco-system".

Ann Hodgson

Ann Hodgson is at the Institute of Education, University of London (UK).

Ken Spours

Ken Spours is Reader in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.