The role of aspirations, attitudes and behaviour in closing the educational attainment gap (2012)

There is a real need for children and parents to be offered support to learn more about educational and career options, so they can make more informed decisions about their future. 

We need to question the belief held widely amongst politicians, policy-makers and practitioners that the educational outcomes of poorer children can be improved solely through interventions focused on raising aspirations, changing attitudes to schooling and addressing ‘disengaging’ behaviours.


Carter-Wall, Charlotte, and Grahame Whitfield. 2012. The Role of Aspirations, Attitudes and Behaviour in Closing The Educational Attainment Gap. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation.