ROTA’s three cross-cutting research projects address young people in mainstream education, workplace education and training for governance. These are:

  1. Informal Exclusions from Mainstream Education: Implications for young people’s wellbeing, educational opportunities and mental health.

    This project addresses the following issues: How are schools carrying out informal exclusions? Are children from specific BAME communities disproportionately excluded? What effect does this have on their wellbeing? We discuss what is meant by informal exclusions and why schools carry them out. We look at the characteristics of young people who have been informally excluded from school, including those with special educational needs, children in care and children from traveller, refugee or asylum-seeking families. We interview youth organisations, families and young people about their experience of informal exclusion and the effect this has on educational opportunity, wellbeing, mental health and whether the risk of involvement in offending/criminal activity is exacerbated.

  2. Discrimination and exploitation in the workplace

    This project asks whether people who work in some private sector industries and contracted-out services are vulnerable to discriminatory/exploitative practices. We focus especially on those who work in hospitality, care services, cleaning and similar occupations. These sectors often have a large number of women workers, young/student or part-time workers and people from BAME communities. We look at legislation, policy and strategies which can be used to support people who are experiencing exploitation or discrimination at work and discuss the support and training available to employers to develop and implement good equality policies.

  3. The under-representation of BAME people in the governance and trustees structures of the voluntary sector in London

    This research discusses why there are so few BAME people involved as trustees or governors of voluntary sector organisations and how strategies such as training and support can improve the situation. The project focuses on the use of training, coaching and mentoring to develop the governance skills and aptitudes of people from BAME backgrounds so that they can become effective charity trustees. It also looks to match people from BAME backgrounds who have the relevant skills to trustee and governance positions within voluntary organisations and to help organisations improve the diversity of their governance structures.


For more information on our Education Project, please email Eleanor Stokes at