This book explores the aspirations of 'working class' girls' in an ex-mining community in the UK. It highlights the difficulties present in these 'post-industrial' settings, which are often areas of severe deprivation, and questions whether these place limitations on the achievements of the girls within the community. Based on an eight-year longitudinal study of girls in three primary schools and two secondary schools which differed in levels of attainment, the book examines the girls' initial aspirations, decision-making, and later achievements when in post-compulsory education. It will be compelling reading for students, academics and practitioners in Education, offering a unique appreciation of how working-class girls balance their own aspirations with the educational opportunities perceived to be available to them.
Gill Richards is Professor of Special Education, Equity and Inclusion at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Prior to this, she trained as a teacher, working for 21 years in schools and colleges.
Chapter 1. Introduction.- Chapter 2. What do we know about girls' aspirations and achievement?.- Chapter 3. Methodology.- Chapter 4. Aspirations and expectations.- Chapter 5. Achieving aspirations: what did the girls do?.- Chapter 6. What else can schools do?.