• Online research methods for mental health

      Hooley, Tristram; Wellens, Jane; Madge, Clare; Goss, Stephen; University of Leicester (Charles C. Thomas Publishers, 2010)
    • Opportunity and aspiration, or the great deception? The case of 1419 vocational education

      Atkins, Liz; University of Nottingham (Power and Education, 01/01/2010)
      The policy discourse around those young people who are the focus of the 1419 agenda in the United Kingdom is one of negativity which frames them as low achievers with low aspirations. In tension with this deficit model, policy offers these young people opportunities' in the form of a vocational education which, according to the rhetoric, will lead to high-skill, high-paid work and a lifetime of opportunities. Drawing on original empirical research, this article contests the assumption that these young people have low aspirations, arguing that constrained by discourses of negativity and lacking the agency for change, their chances of achieving their aspirations are almost non-existent. Further, it suggests that the rhetoric of opportunityis merely smoke and mirrors, a massive deception whereby young people are channelled into the low-pay, low-skill work market in readiness to fulfil economic demands for cheap labour as and when it is needed. It concludes with proposals for change in the 1419 and post-compulsory education and training systems which could provide a more equitable and effective framework for young people to achieve their hopes and dreams.
    • Participants' productive disruption of a community photo-elicitation project: improvised methodologies in practice

      Vigurs, Katy; Kara, Helen (Taylor and Francis, 2016-08-23)
      This article reports on an attempt to use photo-elicitation to explore contested intergenerational perceptions and experiences of ‘place’ in one English village. Participants actively disrupted the photo-elicitation project and ended up co-creating an enriched research design that allowed them to represent how they experienced ‘place’. The spontaneous, mixed media-elicitation that resulted overturns some of the more straightforward notions that are aligned with photo-elicitation techniques. This article builds on a growing body of critical literature on photo-elicitation and shows how participants’ disruption of a project’s research methods can be both challenging and fruitful in practice. The researcher's flexibility and willingness to work with participants’ alternative approaches proved extremely effective in allowing participants to communicate their ‘imagined geographies’ (Massey & Jess, 1995) and to identify experiences of social inequality. This article explores how the initially problematic in participant involvement can be turned into the productive through the use of 'improvised methodologies'.
    • Pastoral care for young people in the workplace.

      Neary, Siobhan; Parker, Gordon; Shepherd, Claire; University of Derby (University of Derby, 2017)
      This research sets out to explore the range and type of support that employers have in place to support young people’s transition from education to the workplace. As well as exploring the traditional support through induction and training we have also examined additional support which we have defined as pastoral care. Emerging from the research with there was a dissatisfaction for young people with the preparation that they had received prior to leaving education. The grievances centred around two key areas: that schools often focus on academic achievement and transition to university rather than to employment; and topics such as making pension arrangements and dealing with tax and NI contributions were reported as not being adequately discussed at school/college. These activities are core parts of working life for everyone and need addressing so that young people understand and can make informed decisions about their financial futures. Young people are generally happy with the support that they receive from employers. Almost one third of the young people surveyed had a mentor or buddy appointed when they started work and all young interviewees stated that they were aware of someone they could go to for pastoral and/or other kinds of support. Although most had not needed to access such support themselves. Sometimes the person offering support was doing so in an ‘official’ capacity, as someone who had been appointed by the employer or was someone in a managerial role. Sometimes, support was provided more informally, by a ‘mate’ or older colleague, which was often reported as the most valuable type of support.
    • Personal agency and organisational attachment: A career capital perspective

      Brown, Cathy; Hooley, Tristram; Wond, Tracey; Evolve Consulting Services Limited, Nottingham; University of Derby (Informa UK Limited, 2021-06-14)
      Despite role transitions occurring frequently within organisations, career theories have often overlooked such transitions. Here we explore the role of personal agency and organisational attachment in shaping career capital enactment within intra-organisational role transitions. We propose a new career capital usage typology. Using an interpretivist approach, the research is based within a UK construction business and explores the role transition experiences of 36 business leaders. Through an analysis of workers’ career capital use we identify a new typology and groups workers as follows: Passive Worker, Company Worker, Political Worker and Career Worker. We argue that type varies in accordance with levels of personal agency and organisational attachment and that this variation in type is particularly important during intra-organisational role transitions.
    • Personal Guidance Fund Evaluation: Final Report

      Hanson, Jill; Neary, Siobhan; Blake, Hannah; University of Derby (The Careers & Enterprise Company, 2021-07-07)
      Since the transfer of responsibility for career guidance to schools /colleges, a range of approaches to delivering personal guidance have been utilised in schools and colleges in order for them to meet the statutory requirement of implementation of the Gatsby benchmarks. In their report for The Careers & Enterprise Company, Everitt, Neary, Delgardo and Clark (2018) concluded that five key points need to be in place for effective personal guidance (space & time; preparation & feedback, effective interviewing; professionalism and integration) but that ‘the evidence on personal guidance remains a work in progress’. The Careers & Enterprise Company recognised the importance of this of this work, developing the Personal Guidance Fund which aimed to support the development of innovative, cost-effective models for delivering personal careers guidance in schools and colleges. Evaluation aims and objectives The evaluation focused on identifying effective approaches with the intention of improving practice beyond the fund. The report considers: 1. The effectiveness of different approaches. 2. Working with different beneficiary groups. 3. The impact of personal guidance on students. 4. The impact of training on staff and school/college career guidance. 5. Key learning regarding scaling up, sustainability and best practice This report describes the methodology adopted to answer these objectives and outlines key learning with regard to the different approaches adopted and the different beneficiaries targeted. It considers the impact of the programmes on students and the staff who took part in training and provides recommendations for programme providers, Careers Leaders and Senior Leadership Teams in schools and colleges.
    • The personal guidance fund- developing new and innovative practice

      Neary, Siobhan; Hanson, Jill; University of Derby (The Career Development Institute, 2020-01)
      To support the implementation of Gatsby Benchmark 8, ‘Personal Guidance’, the Careers & Enterprise Company have invested £2.5 million over two phases, to showcase how groups of schools and colleges can successfully and affordably deliver personal guidance. In total, eighteen projects will be funded until July 2020. This article introduces these programmes and presents some of the initial findings from the evaluation of the Personal Guidance Fund being undertaken by the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) at the University of Derby.
    • Personal guidance: What works?

      Everitt, Julia; Neary, Siobhan; Delgado-Fuentes, Marco Antonio; Clark, Lewis; University of Derby (The Careers & Enterprise Company, 2018-11-13)
    • ‘Personal reflections on the governing of private schools: a case study’

      Poultney, Val; University of Derby (Sage, 2013-07)
      Much of what we understand about school governance is generally under-researched and there is almost no recent research undertaken into the governing of schools in the non-maintained, private or independent sector that are financed by the payment of fees. These schools broadly follow a model of governance that is similar to that of the maintained sector in their constitution, with some notable differences around how governors are appointed and their roles are conceived. This article aims to analyse the nature of independent school governance generally, focusing on a case study of a small private school located in the Midlands. The context of this school is a fairly unique one with governance being held accountable to non-executive Trustees who have overall control of the school operation, but who devolve that responsibility to the governing body. This article starts with a review of the current governance model in private schools, then looking in more depth at the characteristics of governance in this independent school. An analysis of the findings is then explored with some thoughts and conclusions around opportunities for further exploration into private school governance.
    • Pining for the fjords: international perceptions of Nordic work, education and career guidance

      Hagaseth Haug, Erik; Hooley, Tristram; Kettunen, Jaana; Thomsen, Rie; Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences; University of Derby (Brill, 2020-04-28)
      This chapter explores the way in which Nordic work, education and career guidance are seen by those outside of the Nordic region. It draws on an online survey of international informants which gathered respondents’ opinions about the Nordic countries. It finds that respondents are overwhelmingly positive about the Nordic countries, even though they do not claim to be particularly informed about these countries. They report that on average the Nordic countries are better places to work, study and receive career guidance than their own countries. The chapter makes the argument that the way that the brand of ‘Nordicity’ has been disseminated internationally can account for at least some of this international perception. While the ‘Nordic’ has become a powerful and positive signifier, it is an ambiguous one onto which the international community can project their own meanings and use to serve their own political ends.
    • Pop-up shops for increasing employability and contributing to civil society in times of austerity

      Hill, Inge; Bass, Tina; Coventry University (Springer, 2019-09-24)
      This chapter discusses a learning and teaching unit pop-up shop rooted in experiential learning. This pop-up shop learning activity aims to increase employability and educate young learners how to contribute to civil society. The discussion offers a reflection on how lecturers’ roles are changing in response to the austerity informed UK policies and HE measures. Universities are increasingly required to generate larger numbers of enterprising, employment-ready graduates. Increased monitoring of the efficient use of public spending in HE has seen the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) bringing more focus on employability rates, which in turn help to determine university rankings. These rankings put pressure on HE senior management, which is then passed down through the hierarchy to lecturers. The detailed guidance on how to run pop-up shops offers a pragmatic answer to the outlined challenges to inspire lecturers to develop their learning and teaching strategies. Particular attention is paid to developing reflective skills in learners.
    • Practical matters: What young people think about vocational education in England

      Atkins, Liz; Flint, Kevin; Oldfield, Ben; University of Huddersfield (City and Guilds Centre for Skills Development, 01/06/2011)
    • A Practitioner's Guide to Uncharted Waters of Career Counselling, a Critical Reflection Perspective

      Košťálová, Helena; Cudlínová, Markéta; Blake, Hannah; Clark, Lewis; Dimsits, Miriam; Kavková, Eva; Graungaard, Elisabeth; Moore, Nicki; Sigaard Hansen, Jesper; Neary, Siobhan; et al. (EKS, 2021-05-01)
      This is a practical book intended for career practitioners working with young people in schools and other institutions providing career guidance and counselling. The aim is to offer practitioners support so that they can feel empowered in their roles as career counsellors, and are able to take care of themselves and gain new ideas for their practice. The book is one output of an Erasmus funded project which invovled partners from the UK, Denmark, Greece, Spain and the Czech Republic.
    • Preparing the next generation of career development practitioners.

      Moore, Nicki; University of Derby (Career Development Institute, 2017-10)
      This article reviews the progress being made at the University of Derby in teaching the new qualification for career development practitioners: The Qualification in Career Development.
    • Pride and Prospects: Developing a socially just level 1 curriculum to enable more positive school to work transitions

      Atkins, Liz; University of Derby (iCEGS, 2019-06-19)
      This paper reports on an ongoing project, being conducted in Guernsey, which is evaluating the medium term impact of a new curriculum model designed to enable more successful, and less precrious transitions to work for young people undertaking broad vocational education at level 1. Careers Education and Guidance (CEG) forms a central plank of the curriculum, in response to earlier research (Bathmaker, 2001; Atkins, 2009; Atkins et al, 2015) suggesting that young people undertaking programmes at this level have aspirations similar to their higher achieving peers, but lack the support, and cultural and social capital to realise those aspirations. The paper highlights the particular challenges faced by these young people, of whom 33% became NEET in 2015/16 (Guernsey College data), with particular reference to their career aspirations and the ways in which these are supported by the college. The paper positions the study as research for social justice, rather than socially just research (Atkins and Duckworth, 2019), but draws on theoretical concepts of social justice to inform the conduct of the study (e.g. Lincoln and Denzin, 2013). Theoretically, it draws on, amongst others, the work of Bourdieu (e.g.1990) Bourdieu and Passeron (1990) , Hodkinson et al (1996) and Hodkinson (e.g. 1996; 1998; 2008).
    • Professional Identity : what I call myself defines who I am

      Neary, Siobhan; University of Derby, iCeGS (Career Development Institute, 2014-06)
      The article explores professional identity and the the contributors that contribute to this. It particularly focuses on the roles of job titles and CPD in contributing to defining how practitioners see themselves within a professional context.
    • Professional identity: what's that and what does it have to do with me?

      Neary, Siobhan; International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) (NCGE, 2015-11)
      With changes occurring in the Further Education and Training sector in Ireland, job roles and required activities may change too. Within this context, Dr Siobhan Neary recently provided CPD to the staff of the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative about retaining clarity about their own professional identity - a key issue for CPD. In this article, she expands on the theme on the importance of reflection on professional identity and how that identity impacts on practice.
    • Professional learning communities and teacher enquiry

      Fox, Alison; Poultney, Valerie; The Open University; University of Derby (Critical Publishing, 2020-03-16)
      Professional Learning Communities and Teacher Enquiry as part of the book series Evidence-based Teaching for Enquiring Teachers provides a critical overview of different ways of thinking about professional learning as a social process through collaborative and collective activity. These conceptualisations are illustrated through their application in a range of international settings to allow a critical examination of the opportunities and challenges they present to teachers and school leaders. Case studies offer insights into the way the factors affecting collaborative professional learning play out in particular contexts. The book includes practical recommendations about how to facilitate and engage with collaborative teacher enquiry, based on published evidence. Chapters weigh up the benefits and challenges of the approaches covered and suggest either actions or questions for those of you as readers wishing to act them in your own setting. The book concludes with support for action planning, which includes evaluation of the success of any intervention initiated.
    • Professionalising careers work: The view from Europe

      Hooley, Tristram; University of Derby (Career Development Association of New Zealand, 2015)
      How do we know what it is that we share? And how do we convince others that what we do is valuable and worthy of status? Ultimately we are trying to create an understanding of our profession that is shared by practitioners, policy makers and the general public. Back in the UK after his recent speaking engagement in Auckland in April, Professor Tristram Hooley shares his thoughts.
    • Professionalism in vocational education: international perspectives

      Atkins, Liz; Tummons, Jonathan; Northumbria University (Taylor and Francis, 18/12/2017)
      This paper explores notions of professionalism amongst vocational teachers in the UK and Australia, through an analysis of voluntarism/regulatory frameworks and professional body frameworks. In terms of empirical evidence, the paper reports on data drawn from a documentary analysis of government policy documents, standards for the education of teachers, and regulatory frameworks in both countries. It is located within a broad range of literature exploring contemporary concepts of professionalism amongst vocational teachers.