Young people's aspirations in rural areas

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..
The study had five aims:.

  • Explore the extent to which young people have low aspirations in terms of their personal goals, and the main factors influencing these low aspirations.
  • Look at whether or not low aspirations impact on youth unemployment and the effect of low educational achievement.
  • Examine other factors that may impact on levels of employment and educational achievement.
  • Investigate what rural LAs are already doing to overcome low aspirations, youth unemployment and a lack of value attached to education.
  • Explore what rural LAs could do in the current economic climate to help young people develop their aspirations and improve their employment chances
Thomas Spielhofer
Sarah Golden
Kelly Evans
National Foundation for Educational Research