Chapter 3 Introductory Level: School

Young people discussing their experiences of school.


Watch the video clip below. In the video clip, several young people talk about their experiences of school. The video clips are from a number of different young people, telling the interviewer their thoughts about the school(s) they attended before coming to a post 16 years college.

The young people in the video clip attend a post 16 years college for young people who are unable to access mainstream provision. It is important to note this as due to their experiences, these young people may have more negative experiences of mainstream school, when compared to young people attending a mainstream college. If you work in a mainstream education setting, you may work with young people whose experiences are not as extreme as those discussed here.


As you watch the video clip, you may wish to consider the following questions:

  • What issues emerge about the school experiences of these young people?
  • What impact do you think the young peoples’ language disorder may have had on their school experiences?
  • In retrospect, could the school experiences of these young people been improved? If so, what may have facilitated more positive school experiences for these young people?

You may find some useful resources to help you with your answer here: Supporting Materials.