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Private education and disadvantage: the experiences of assisted place holders

Power, Sally and Curtis, Andrew and Whitty, Geoff and Edwards, Tony (2010) Private education and disadvantage: the experiences of assisted place holders. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 20 (1). pp. 23-38. ISSN 0962-0214

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Abstract

It is now nearly thirty years since Margaret Thatcher and her Conservative administration introduced the Assisted Places Scheme (their first education policy) and over ten years since New Labour abolished it. The Scheme, which was designed to provide a ladder of opportunity for academically able students from poor backgrounds to attend private schools, is of more than historical interest. It can be used to illuminate enduring sociological concerns about the relationship between home and school. This paper draws on retrospective interview data to reveal how the Scheme was experienced by its more disadvantaged beneficiaries. Revisiting classic sociological analyses from the 1960s and 1970s, it unravels the complex interactions between home background, friendship networks and school cultures and shows how these contributed to contrasting experiences of commitment, detachment, estrangement and alienation. These differing modes of engagement with schooling appear to have had lasting effects on our respondents and influenced their subsequent careers and orientations.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Power, Sally and Curtis, Andrew and Whitty, Geoff and Edwards, Tony (2010) Private education and disadvantage: the experiences of assisted place holders. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 20 (1). pp. 23-38. International Studies in Sociology of Education is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09620211003655622
Controlled Keywords: assisted places scheme , private schools , pupil engagement , school culture , Bernstein
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Education Foundations and Policy Studies
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2010 09:20
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:16
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