The ‘success’ of looked after children in Higher Education in England: near peer coaching, ‘small steps’ and future thinking

Gazeley, Louise and Hinton-Smith, Tamsin (2018) The ‘success’ of looked after children in Higher Education in England: near peer coaching, ‘small steps’ and future thinking. Higher Education Research and Development. ISSN 0729-4360 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This paper addresses the shortage of studies on the ‘success’ of care-experienced young people in Higher Education (HE) internationally. It draws on the findings of a study of a near-peer, pre-entry coaching intervention developed in England to address stakeholders’ concerns around a lack of ‘success’ post entry to university, linked to gaps in knowledge and the challenge of providing on going support. In delivering reciprocal benefits to the coaches, some of whom were care experienced themselves, the HE Champions model promoted the possibility of longer term ‘success’. The personalised nature of the young people’s programme experiences and difficulties in recruitment highlighted the need for ‘success’ to be conceptualised as ‘small steps’ despite pressure to deliver more measurable outcomes. The research also highlighted the importance of reflexive, human-scale systems that put care and relationships at the centre.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 17:21
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2018 17:21
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/74563

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