An unusually effective school/university programme: the Plymouth and Peninsula Model

la Velle, L, Reynolds, D and Nichol, J (2013) 'An unusually effective school/university programme: the Plymouth and Peninsula Model.' Journal of Education for Teaching, 39 (4). pp. 400-415. ISSN 0260-7476

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2013.788240

Abstract

This article describes a novel UK school/university partnership, the Plymouth Model designed to encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to aim for higher education (HE) study. The model incorporates the activity of university students, researchers and teachers working together to improve aspirations and outcomes for pupils and potentiate their own intellectual, professional and personal development. Background policy and curriculum development models are outlined and a UK study in which inner city primary and secondary school teachers’ views and pupils’ aspirations were gauged before and after the school/university partnership model was implemented. The intervention led to a significant increase in pupils’ motivation to go on to HE study and findings further suggest that the problem of aspiration and motivation for progression to HE may lie not with the pupils themselves, or with their parents or carers but with their teachers. The serious implications of the findings for policy and practice are discussed and suggestions made for future research.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: widening participation, school–university links, young people’s aspirations for higher education
Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 11:28
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