Brotherhood of St Laurence

All things being equal? Equality and diversity in careers education, information, advice and guidance /

By: Hutchinson, Jo | University of Derby
Contributor(s): Rolfe, Heather | Moore, Nicki
Series: Equality and Human Rights Commission Research reportPublisher: Manchester, U.K. Equality and Human Rights Commission 2011Description: PDFISBN: 1842063812; 9781842063811Other title: Equality and Human Rights Commission Research report ; no. 71Subject(s): Career Education | Career Development Great Britain | Youth Education - Great Britain | Youth Support | Discrimination In Employment Great Britain | Equality Economic Aspects | Disadvantaged Groups | Socioeconomic Status | Education And TrainingOnline Resources: Electronic copy
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Bibliography pp. 119-130 Appendices pp. 131-151 INTO AND OUT OF WORK SCHOOL TO WORK

In its education chapter, the Commission's first Triennial Review of evidence on inequality, How Fair is Britain's Equality, Human Rights and Good Relations in 2010, found that educational attainment has been transformed in recent years. Around half of young people are now getting good qualifications at 16 (5+ A-C GCSEs or equivalent including English and Maths) and, in 2008/09, 2.4 million students enrolled in higher education in the UK - a considerable change from a time when educational opportunities were only available to a minority of young people. However, the evidence shows that educational attainment continues to be strongly associated with socio-economic background. Stereotypical information and guidance can limit young people's options and aspirations at an early age. Careers advice often reinforces traditional choices and young people have limited information on the pay advantages of nontraditional routes. Nearly one in four young people say that they have not had enough information to make choices for their future. This rises to just under a quarter of disabled young people.

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