Private education and disadvantage: the experiences of Assisted Place holders


Power, S., Curtis, A., Whitty, G. and Edwards, T., 2010. Private education and disadvantage: the experiences of Assisted Place holders. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 20 (1), pp. 23-38.

Related documents:

This repository does not currently have the full-text of this item.
You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided below. (Contact Author)

Official URL:


It is now nearly thirty years since Margaret Thatcher and her Conservative administration introduced the Assisted Places Scheme (their first education policy) and over ten years since New Labour abolished it. The Scheme, which was designed to provide a ladder of opportunity for academically able students from poor backgrounds to attend private schools, is of more than historical interest. It can be used to illuminate enduring sociological concerns about the relationship between home and school. This paper draws on retrospective interview data to reveal how the Scheme was experienced by its more disadvantaged beneficiaries. Revisiting classic sociological analyses from the 1960s and 1970s, it unravels the complex interactions between home background, friendship networks and school cultures and shows how these contributed to contrasting experiences of commitment, detachment, estrangement and alienation. These differing modes of engagement with schooling appear to have had lasting effects on our respondents and influenced their subsequent careers and orientations.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsPower, S., Curtis, A., Whitty, G. and Edwards, T.
DepartmentsSchool of Management
ID Code28055


Actions (login required)

View Item