Life after school
Post-16 education and training is not supporting disadvantaged young people to catch-up and attain these key qualifications and therefore gain the skills they need to progress into sustained education or employment.
The particularly poor outcomes experienced by 16-19 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds combined with recent policy changes affecting the provision they receive, has moved us to focus our attention on this group and their life after school during 2016-7. Find out more about Life after school.
Under this campaign, we have also partnered with Social Finance and Newcastle City Council to analyse Newcastle’s 17-19 year olds who are NEET – read more on the NEET in Newcastle page.
Youth jobs index
The first of an annual series, the Youth jobs index shows that more than a million young people in this country are spending six months not working or learning. This has a knock-on effects for the rest of their lives, reducing their opportunities and earnings.
Our research gives a fuller picture of both how long young people are out of education and employment for and how likely they are to get into a job having been NEET. Read more…
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Fair Education Alliance (FEA)
The FEA has set out five transformational changes which, if achieved in the next ten years, will substantially reduce educational inequality by ensuring more children get a fair chance in education, regardless of their background. These Impact Goals follow the educational journey of a child from primary school through to Further Education, employment, and Higher Education. They are:
- Narrow the gap in literacy and numeracy at primary school
- Narrow the gap in GCSE attainment at secondary school
- Ensure young people develop key strengths, including resilience and wellbeing, to support high aspirations
- Narrow the gap in the proportion of young people in education, employment or training one year after compulsory education
- Narrow the gap in university graduation, including from the 25 per cent most selective universities
As an organisation committed to transforming the lives of 11-24 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds, we welcomed the findings of the FEA Report Card 2014, which found that while the progress gap between the poorest and richest young people is narrowing is some regions, the national landscape continues to show that children from disadvantaged backgrounds lag behind their affluent peers at each educational stage and are more likely to become ‘NEET’ at 16.
Through our work with charities and social enterprises that have a successful track record of helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain an education and hold onto a job, we look forward to working with the FEA to meet the important goals mentioned above by 2022.
The transition from school-to-work is a crucial moment in a young person’s life and often, the right intervention can make all the difference to keeping them on track.