The world is out to get me, bruv: life after school exclusion


Briggs, Daniel 2010. The world is out to get me, bruv: life after school exclusion. Safer Communities. 9 (2), pp. 9-19.
AuthorsBriggs, Daniel

Increasingly, punitive policies on ‘problematic’ pupils are implemented in poor-performing UK urban state schools. While some are permanently excluded and referred to local authority educational alternatives, others are unofficially ‘excluded’ and referred to other forms of off-site educational provision. Here pupils receive a significantly reduced timetable, undertake unchallenging courses and are unlikely to return to school. Based on ethnographic fieldwork with 20 excluded young people in one south London borough, this paper will discuss what happens to these young people after their ‘exclusion’ from school. I will suggest that this form of unofficial ‘exclusion’ has significant life implications for these young people, contributing not only to their social exclusion but also increased exposure to crime and victimisation. Moreover, their life options are truncated despite their efforts they may make otherwise.

KeywordsUrban youth; School exclusion; Off-site educational provision; Victimisation
JournalSafer Communities
Journal citation9 (2), pp. 9-19
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D. (2010), ‘The world is out to get me, bruv: life after school exclusion', Safer Communities, 9(2), pp.9-19, DOI: 10.5042/sc.2010.0222.

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