A critical study of alternative education provisions for young people aged 16 to 24 years in the United Kingdom

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Abstract

In the United Kingdom, the number of young people (16 to 24 years-old) not in education, employment or training (NEET) was estimated to be c.763,000 in October to December 2019 (ONS, 2020). The purpose of this paper is to explore the experiences of NEET young people attending alternative education provisions that focus on physical and mental health in promoting positive outcomes. Semi-structured interviews with young people (n = 18), parents (n = 10), and staff (n = 8), analysed using Constant Comparative Method, were conducted in an alternative education provision in England and Wales. Analysis led to the identification of themes around motivation, empowerment, and confidence. The findings illustrate that young people in alternative education provisions benefit from an approach that placed health, well-being and confidence building at their core. This paper outlines the implications for policy-makers and practitioners in designing alternative education provisions with physical activity as part of the core curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)666-679
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Education and Work
Volume35
Issue number6-7
Early online date21 Sep 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • Physical Education
  • Wellbeing
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Alternative Education Provisions
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Education
  • Public Administration

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