Can community-based interventions on aspirations raise young people's attainment?

Ruth Lupton, Keith Kintrea

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Against the background of the ???Inspiring Communities??? programme to raise ???communitylevel???educational aspirations in England, this article considers whether the existingevidence about place and aspirations suggests that it will be beneficial.We address three questions: Do neighbourhoods have an influence on educationalattainment? Are ???community level??? aspirations a mechanism by which neighbourhoodsaffect individual aspirations? Is there evidence that aspirations are lower in poorneighbourhoods?The article suggests that the available evidence does not lead to firm conclusions; akey problem is that few studies have measured aspirations at a neighbourhood level. Itsuggests that limited spending on a pilot is a reasonable response. However, aspirationsare shaped by a wide range of other influences. This suggests that any interventions on???community??? aspirations??? should be conjoined with other programmes to support schoolsand to address inequalities between neighbourhoods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-335
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • {HN} Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform


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