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The outcomes of educational welfare officer contact in England

Henderson, Morag, Cheung, Sin Yi ORCID:, Sharland, Elaine and Scourfield, Jonathan ORCID: 2016. The outcomes of educational welfare officer contact in England. British Educational Research Journal 42 (3) , pp. 399-416. 10.1002/berj.3212

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The key purpose of educational welfare officers in England is to support students and parents to maximise educational opportunities for young people. However more is known about their role in relation to school attendance than in relation to pupils’ educational outcomes. Using the Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England (LSYPE), this paper investigates the characteristics of teenagers who received educational welfare contact because of their behaviour between 2004 and 2006. With observational data it is often difficult to isolate respondents exposed to a particular intervention or ‘treatment’, because of non-random allocation. We address this using inverse-probability-weighted regression adjustment (IPWRA) to estimate more accurately the effect of educational welfare contact on outcomes of educational achievement and aspiration. Our findings indicate that young people who had educational welfare contact because of their behaviour were less likely to apply to university, less confident in university acceptance if they applied and had lower odds of achieving five General Certificate of Secondary Education at grades A*–C, the government benchmark for education achievement at age 16. We discuss the limitations we face and implications of these findings for future research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Additional Information: PDF uploaded in accordance with publisher's policies at (accessed 13/11/15).
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0141-1926
Funders: Nuffield Foundation
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 31 July 2015
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 02:12

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