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“Within the school and parents’ environment, where expectations are driving in a direction that isn't necessarily right for young people."



Student choice: what informs it most?

Janet Murray

The Guardian

11 December 2012


PA’s Mike Boxall, a higher education expert, took part in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Guardian and in association with the Higher Education Academy.  Mike talks about why we need to expand student choice to cover the whole range of potential higher education students, not just school pupils, and why we explore a range of higher level learning options beyond a three-year full-time degree course.

Mike talks about the danger of a narrow approach to careers advice that focuses on higher education at the expense of other opportunities such as apprenticeships. He says: "By even asking whether people are making the right choices about where they go to university and what they will study, we are making a value judgment on them going to university compared to doing something else."

Mike also goes on to talk about a wider behavioural trend “within the school and parents environment, where expectations are driving in a direction that isn't necessarily right for young people". Mike talks about how parents can be seduced by the Russell Group ideal, and are not interested in hearing about how a post-1994 university or further education college might be able to deliver a degree programme that is far more suited to their child.

You can read a full review of the round table discussion here.

For more information on PA’s work in higher education, click here or contact us now.

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