Report that aims to better understand the relationship between young people’s aspirations and how they are formed.
It examines the nature of aspirations; explores how parental circumstances and attitudes, school, and opportunity structures come together to shape aspirations in deprived urban areas; and argues that the approach to intervention should be reconsidered.
The LG Group commissioned the NFER to research young people’s aspirations in three rural local authorities (LAs): Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Cumbria. The aim was to explore the influence and impact of low aspirations.
This report presents the findings from this research, which comprised a rapid review of literature and case-study visits to the three areas.