Tutored childhoods: parenting cultures, youth transitions and social mobility

Project timeframe
1 April 2019 - 30 September 2021
Families, young people and children
Amount awarded
Funder ID
The Leverhulme Trust

Project leader: Prof Sarah Holloway

Educational attainment is vital to contemporary youth transitions, and record numbers of pupils and parents are turning to the burgeoning private tuition industry for help.

Third-Sector statistics demonstrate that: wealthier; Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME); and London-based children are over-represented amongst users. However, academic knowledge about processes driving growth in this unregulated industry is lacking. Combining insights from Geography, Sociology and Education, this innovative research into private tuition explores: (i) socio-spatially differentiated parenting cultures that drive demand and sway social mobility; (ii) tuition’s implications for contemporary childhood and family life; and (iii) young people’s educational strategies and transitions to adulthood.