Opting out: Early school leavers and the degeneration of youth policy 

Table of contents

Introduction

1 The policy background
The new agenda of schooling
The mainstream myth and the policy vacuum
Re-engaging potential early leavers

2 The research background
Why leave early?
Who leaves early?
When do they leave?
Numbers or people?

3 I'm no good at maths ...
Schools and early leavers
Responses and interventions

4 To the best of their own ability
Active engagement
Supportive school culture/structures
Flexibility
Support networks
Practical orientation
Non-school options
Conclusion

5 Policy transitions
Youth Research Centre reports
The policy vacuum

6 The forgotten half – or Status zerO?
The forgotten half
Status zerO
Common threads

7 Critical comments
A two-fold dilemma
Re-engagement and re-entry

Conclusion

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