The term ‘pushed out’ has been adopted from the work of Professor Eve Tuck (Associate Professor of Educational at the State University of New York). provide a link
We use the fuller term ‘pushed out’ learner to emphasise that whilst these students may have been pushed out (or have pushed themselves out) of education, they are still active learners and have a right to educational opportunities.
By combining our collective expertise and in-depth knowledge of education policy and cutting edge technology,together with recent research and reflections from the round table report ‘The Alternative Should not be Inferior’ we now channel our strong ideas through three key activities.
1.Kindling New Thinking
To stimulate professionals to think about issues which are too often underreported and remain unresolved and to raise awareness and provide advice.
How can mainstream schools deliver on high expectations for all young people, including those who are at risk of unintentionally (or intentionally) becoming ‘Pushed out’ learners ?
2. Stimulating Innovation
To protoype, test and publish and disseminate new approaches that continue the drive for educational excellence
How do we harness expertise, capacity and new ideas to develop 21st century global citizens within the confines of 19th century approaches to education?
3. Co-designing Learning
To develop approaches with both professionals and learners, and strengthen schools’ capacity to create authentic, highly stimulating and academically challenging opportunities that will include those at risk of being pushed out.
How can we combine the experiential learning opportunities within schools with that of the real world and virtual learning communities to give pushed-out learners a greater chance to succeed in life.