NEET in Newcastle:
Following our national research in The road most travelled? The 16-19 journey through education and training, we’ve partnered with Social Finance and Newcastle City Council to take a deeper look at the issues raised in our report for young people in the city of Newcastle.
New Insights Into Improving Outcomes for At Risk Youth: The Newcastle Experience, analysed data on nearly 8,000 17-19 year olds in the city and found that young people who needed extensive support from Children’s Social Care were much more likely to be NEET (not in education, employment or training) by age 19 and experience a range of other poor outcomes. GCSE attainment appeared to be a particularly strong protective factor for this group, helping them to avoid becoming NEET.
“This report shows that for many, support at school doesn’t go far enough to address the barriers they face. If we are to help them thrive, we need to be relentless in finding the young people who need more help with all the challenges they face – including those outside of school. Local authorities, schools, social services and charities must commit to delivering the right support, so that we can knock down the barriers that prevent so many from fulfilling their potential.” – Andy Ratcliffe, Chief Executive, Impetus-PEF