Case Study 2:'I couldn't be the best, so I gave up'
That view hardened after he had an unsuccessful Oxford interview. Realising that he wasn't "part of the elect, as I'd always hoped", he started to skip school and abandoned his history A-level course. He gained A-levels in English and general studies but was ungraded in politics - he wrote letters to friends during the exam.
Afterwards, Edward made a new start at a further education college and eventually got a university degree. But the damage had been done. He lives at home with his parents, is unemployed, and has no ambitions.