NEET Prevention - Keeping Students Engaged at Key Stage 4: Final Case Study Report

Tami McCrone, Susie Bamford

13 April 2016

This research examines the impact of school-based programmes that are in place to support students aged 14-16 who are at risk of temporary disconnection from learning. This is a longitudinal research study that has tracked the progress of students on five different support programmes through to the end of Year 11. This report is the final in a series of reports and shows that there is considerable evidence that these particular support programmes are successful in re-engaging the young people.

This research forms part of NFER’s From Education to Employment research programme which examines approaches that support young people to carve themselves a route to employment and therefore prevent them from becoming NEET.

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Key Findings

  • The young people’s attitudes to school improved over time
  • In most cases KS4 attainment was better than expected
  • Young people (and the project leads) believed that they gained a variety of key skills that help them to remain in learning and prepare them for the world of work
  • The majority of students were still engaged in learning five months after completing their GCSEs (in autumn 2015)
  • Although the support programmes were different in their approach to supporting young people, there were key elements that appeared to be common to all approaches and contributed to their success. These include: mentoring; a consistent, dedicated project lead; group support; relevance to the world of work; and flexibility.