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While the majority of 16 year olds continue their learning when they complete their statutory education, there are others – often the most vulnerable – who do not. They are at greater risk not just of failing to get the qualifications needed for employment, but also of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training). 

This document is for school leaders, Governors, teachers and support staff. It aims to

  • Help schools to become more accountable for the progress of their pupils, and to prepare for the introduction of destinations measures, announced in the White Paper, The Importance of Teaching, to show how many pupils from each school progress into further education, employment or training.
  • Increase the proportion of 16 and 17 year olds participating in education or training as increase the minimum age at which young people can leave education or training to 17 in 2013 and 18 in 2015.

Schools are already doing much to raise attainment, and good attainment at 16 provides the best foundation for future participation. We know, for example, that young people who do not attain 5 GCSEs at A*-C are seven times more likely to be are NEET at 17 than those who achieve this level. But schools have shown that there is more they can do to help young people to progress, including

  • Tracking pupils’ progress to identify early those at risk of disengaging.
  • Enabling pupils to make informed choices about their learning and future pathways.
  • Making sure that all Year 11 leavers have a suitable offer of a place in education or training.
  • Evaluating their performance in delivering the activities above.