Siôn Llewelyn Jones is a 3rd year PhD student funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (Welsh National College) in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Alongside his PhD, Siôn is also currently involved in increasing the Welsh-medium educational provision for undergraduates in the School of Social Sciences. For his doctoral research project, Siôn is looking at the aspirations of young people attending a Welsh-medium and an English-medium school in the South Wales Valleys. Siôn carried out interviews with 52 students in Year 11 (the final year of compulsory education in Wales) and conducted follow-up interviews with some of these students to see if they were able to fulfil their aspirations.
[This is a blog post based on a forthcoming presentation at the British Education Research Association Conference, taking place in Leeds in September 2016] Young people’s future aspirations, expectations and