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  • Pamela Lenton

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

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This paper investigates the educational attainment of young people between the ages of sixteen and eighteen after having entered full-time post-compulsory education. In particular we focus on the educational attainment and labour market trajectory of `underachievers´: young people who have chosen to remain in full-time education at age sixteen, despite not gaining the widely recognised U.K. academic benchmark of five GCSE grades A*-C. Our results suggest that the best route to educational success for young people considered as of lower ability at age 16 is through the FE college where they catch-up with their `more able´ counterparts by age 18.

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Paper provided by The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2006014.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
Date of revision: Dec 2006
Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2006014

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Keywords: Attainment; Vocational Education;

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  1. Pamela Lenton, 2006. "The Cost Structure of Higher Education in Further Education Colleges in England," Working Papers 2006010, The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics, revised Sep 2006.

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