IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Disability, social class, and educational transitions

28 September 2023, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

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The CEPEO Autumn 2023 seminar series begins with this presentation exploring findings from the Educational Pathways and Work Outcomes of Disabled Young People qualitative longitudinal study led by Dr Angharad Butler-Rees (University of Warwick).

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Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities


Room 124
Bentham House
4-8 Endsleigh Gardens

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UK cohort studies show a consistent association of childhood disability with adverse socioeconomic outcomes in adulthood. However, lack of appropriate psychosocial variables as well as sample size limitations do not allow intersectional analyses of disability inequalities in the transition to adulthood.

This seminar will demonstrate the importance of qualitative longitudinal analysis for a better understanding of the formation and consequences of disability-related disadvantage. Dr Angharad Butler-Rees draws on two waves of semi-structured interviews with 35 autistic, dyslexic and/or physically disabled young people in mainstream schools in England. The event will explore intersectional inequalities in school experiences, stigma, and discrimination, as well as post-16 trajectories, with a particular focus on social class and type of condition/impairment, frequently missed by quantitative approaches. Dr Butler-Rees will conclude with clear recommendations for educational policy along with a call for further longitudinal and intersectional research into disabled young people’s educational experiences and trajectories.

This hybrid-format event will be particularly useful for teachers, academics, policy-makers, and researchers.

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About the Speaker

Angharad Butler-Rees

Research Fellow at Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

Angharad is a Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology, working alongside Dr Stella Chatzitheochari on the Leverhulme study Educational Pathways and Work Outcomes of Disabled Young People in England.

Previously, she has worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Inclusion at the University of Southampton, where she undertook research into digital accessibility. Prior to this, she undertook doctoral studies within the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

As part of her doctoral studies, she researched disability activism in response to austerity utilising both participatory and biographical methods. She has a longstanding interest in disability rights, social justice and inclusion.

She has previous research experience of working with various disability charities and advocacy organisations, including UCAN Productions, the National League of the Blind and Disabled (NLBD) and Leonard Cheshire Disability.

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