‘Slappers like you don’t belong in this school’: the educational inclusion/exclusion of pregnant schoolgirls

Vincent, K. ORCID: 0000-0003-4982-2788 and Thomson, P., 2010. ‘Slappers like you don’t belong in this school’: the educational inclusion/exclusion of pregnant schoolgirls. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 14 (4), pp. 371-385. ISSN 1360-3116

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Policy in England identifies pregnant schoolgirls as a particularly vulnerable group and emphasises the importance of education as a way of improving the life chances of those who become pregnant while young. This paper draws on repeat interviews conducted over a twelve-month period to compare and contrast the stories of four young women. The narratives show that despite a common policy framework, there is great variability between schools in staff attitudes towards and responses to pupil pregnancy which produce different accommodations and support for pregnant girls, and seem likely to produce very different outcomes. We mobilise Iris Marion Young’s five faces of oppression to conduct a second reading of the stories. This situates the specificity of the girls’ school experiences into a wider socio-cultural and economic framing and indicates what might be involved in actually initiating and implementing the kinds of changes that the first ‘face value’ reading suggests are necessary.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Inclusive Education
Creators: Vincent, K. and Thomson, P.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2010
Volume: 14
Number: 4
ISSN: 1360-3116
Divisions: Schools > School of Education
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 23 Mar 2016 14:54
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:00
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27221

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