This research follows the first dialogue by gathering the views from young people themselves by investigating how learners see their skills and competencies developing in school. The aim of this the research is to understand specifically where young people believe they are being supported to develop ‘employability’ skills in school – for instance, whether through classwork (e.g. preparing a presentation as a team in a geography class), ‘extra-curricular’ activities such as after-school clubs, or opportunities outside of the school context. It also sought to investigate whether and how learners can articulate and evidence development of their employability skills.
The data for this research draws on:
- survey responses from 67 learners (between the ages of 14-18) in Years 10 –Year 13
- focus group interviews with 21 learners in attendance at a school or sixth form college in England.
- focus group interviews with learners across two schools for learners with SEND.
All learners who participated in this study were those who had remained on an ‘academic track’ in a school setting rather than pursuing a vocational route (i.e. Further Education college, apprenticeship).