1 Children s Trust Board - 27 January year olds Not in Education, Employment and Training (NEET) 2.1 Background - understanding NEET data The Department for Education (DfE) measure performance using data published annually in the Statistical First Release (SFR) Participation in Education, Training and Employment by Year Olds in England. This is the definitive source for NEET figures. This data is only available annually, and cannot be disaggregated at local authority level. Connexions Service administer data via its Client Caseload Information System (CCIS) which allows measurement at local level and more detailed breakdowns of the NEET group to be made. Clients are currently tracked and destinations recorded according to a DfE CCIS specification. NEET performance is historically measured by Government using a three month average calculation of NEET CCIS data (November to January). The reason for this is that this provides a more reliable period for comparison. The CCIS database is managed according to a DCSF specification where young people enter the NEET count en-block at 16 years (in September) and young people leave the count on becoming 19 years of age. The specification also requires that adjustment to the NEET data are made where young people are not known i.e. no contact has been made within specified follow-up periods. All data provided is generated from CCIS. 2.2 Current Data on NEET in Kirklees 9.7 in 2006 (November 2006 to January 2007) 8.8 in 2007 (November 2007 to January 2008) 9.7 in 2008 (November 2008 to January 2009) 9.4 in 2009 (November 2009 to January 2010) NEET Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec in 2010 (December) N.B. Awaiting January figure to calculate the 3 month average. 2.3 Recent priority actions in 2010 A high level partnership NEET Summit Meeting held March 2010 to examine our NEET approach A NEET Assembly in September 2010 led by Council Chief Executive and the Kirklees Partnership Executive Working in partnership with post-16 commissioners of learning provision and with Kirklees College to provide suitable opportunities for those who are NEET including ESF Engage programme, Foundation Learning, and College flexible and January starts
2 Post 16 commissioning and The Local Area Statement of Need reflecting NEET as a priority and growth funding used to target NEET Meeting the September Guarantee and January Guarantee offering a suitable place in post 16 education or training to all 16 year olds and 17 year olds. Working with schools to share destination data and promote the take up of the local Careers Education Information and Guidance Standard quality mark Early school prevention and vulnerability identification and support Targeted Personal Adviser support to high NEET localities: o Working to improve transitions from Pupil Referral Units/Key Stage 4 units. o Working with Colleges and training providers to reduce drop-out through sharing of data and intelligence. o Improving 18 year old progression into New Deal and Future Jobs Fund opportunities. o Engagement of the voluntary sector through V6 (a consortium of voluntary sector providers). 2.4 NEET Breakfast Summit Pledges and Outcomes See Annex 1 (NEET Breakfast Summit Pledges) To evaluate our performance and ensure that pledges are having an impact, we will ask partners to provide an update in about six months time. The following school follow-up/dissemination approach has been agreed and incorporated into our NEET Strategy Action Plan. Following on from the NEET Summit Event, schools are being asked to provide a response to the following 5 key areas: o They have identified a clear strategic lead in the school on NEET with the authority to allocate resources where necessary; o Schools make an institutional commitment to reducing NEET/improving post-16 transition and set themselves targets for improvement; o Schools ensure they have appropriate early intervention strategies in place to prevent young people being NEET o Schools use personalised curriculum and pathways appropriately using funding available to support these developments (link to first bullet above) e.g. Pupil Premium and Practical and Applied Learning funding streams o Progression routes post-16 are planned and young people are supported through the process of transition to their destination. Promotion of the local careers education, information and advice (CEIAG) quality standard with secondary schools (and colleges and work based learning providers) to quality assure and improve services offered to young people 2.5 Future Strategy (i) Working to address challenges brought about by reductions in Connexions area based grant funding There has been a reduction to date of 17 personal adviser posts, lost from the Kirklees Young Peoples Services, Youth Offending Team and from voluntary sector
3 providers. Calderdale and Kirklees Careers are also having to review structures as a result of efficiency saving to their contract. This inevitably will impact on the levels of support provided to young people. We are now working to prioritise support where we think maximum impact will be achieved. All caseloads have now transferred to personal advisers employed by Calderdale and Kirklees Careers. (ii) Working to address challenges brought about by coalition government changes to information, advice and guidance services An new All Age Careers Service will be developed (some aspects by September 2011 and fully operational by 2012). The All Age service will combine both young people Connexions services and the current adult service (Next Step service). This will be commissioned nationally and regionally with a national web resource but also a local service providing face to face advice. The Education Bill (January 2011) will place a duty on schools to provide impartial and independent careers advice The Local Authority will have a duty to encourage, enable and assist young people to participate in learning by offering targeted support for vulnerable young people. From April 2012 there will no longer be a Local Authority need to provide careers guidance for all young people. We are now starting to consult partners regarding the shape of future services from April 2012 (iii) Effect of Raising Participation Age (RPA) Legislation A new Cabinet Office website on transparency will be using data from NCCIS to monitor o Participation in education, training and employment by year olds in England, by local authority and o Young people not in employment, education or training Information from CCIS is the only source of robust data on NEET and young person s progression and will be used in future to make schools colleges and training providers more accountable for what happens to young people after they leave. One recommendation from government is that we move to reporting those who have reached statutory school leaving age by where they are resident rather than where educated. This will bring us in line with the legislation in place for raising the participation age where local authorities are responsible for ensuring young people resident in their area are indeed participating, again we expect this information will be collected through CCIS systems. This change will impact detrimentally on calculating NEET percentages in the future in Kirklees because we are a net importer of students in post-16 provision (which boosts cohort numbers when calculating NEET). In future, DfE will be looking more at a participation rates rather than nonparticipation as we prepare for RPA. Future focus on Participation Strategy and Plan (RPA Event planned for 2 March 2011). Steve Collins, CT Board Member, Head of Operations Calderdale and Kirklees Careers Graham Crossley, Commissioning and Contracts Manager, Children s Service
4 Strategic Executive/Director Leads Adrian Lythgo (Kirklees Council) Develop clear links between NEET and council wide apprenticeship scheme and link from there to wider public and private sector apprenticeships. Alison O Sullivan (Kirklees Council) To find out more about why teenage parent opportunities for education, employment are not being taken up in Kirklees as much as elsewhere and refocus efforts to try to improve. Andy Brown (Young People s Learning Agency) We will supply factual information about education and training and available funding and work in close partnership with the local authority on funding. Bob Cryan (University of Huddersfield) To work with Kirklees to identify and implement the top 5 interventions that will genuinely make a difference in a high NEET school. John Edwards (Kirklees Council) To lead the process of further identifying clear learning provision pathways for young people s learning that that cross institutional pathways, and support and challenge providers to ensure that their offer fits into these pathways. To seek to connect young people s ambitions with the desire of local businesses, small and large, to expand their business through developing apprenticeships as the default route for recruitment.
5 Colleges Angela Williams/Peter Kennedy (Huddersfield New College) To reduce numbers starting in college at 16 and then not progressing effectively at 17, so becoming NEET at that point. To continue team work with the local authority to build aspiration opportunities for the people of North Kirklees, for example through the development of a north Kirklees Sixth Form campus. Sandra Burnhill (Kirklees College) Improved systems at the college for tracking learners who arrived late at the college in August and improved links to the learner success role. Improved transition with schools - to work closely with them in terms of their at risk learners, so we can flag these learners in college and offer more support from the team leader learner success posts. Improved communication and shouting about success stories from non-traditional learners, tracking ex-neet learners in college.
6 Schools (1) Andrea Hindson (Honley High School) To continue to maintain low percentage of NEET leavers at Honley High School. To develop a NEETs Prevention School Strategy and keep NEETs high on the school s agenda. To continue to work more effectively with multi-agencies and create a more coordinated/coherent approach to the identification/referral/support of potential NEETs. David Milnes (Salendine Nook High School) To work with our Connexions PA to be available to re-engage with past students who find themselves NEET beyond 16. There may well be past students who had a role model at school who could help to re-invigorate the individuals and get them focussed. Lee Morritt (Castle Hall School) To maintain our commitment to high quality teaching and learning as the number 1 priority to ensure students progress and achieve to a level beyond their expectations and aspirations. To identify potential NEET students earlier and provide appropriate support to ensure they remain positively engaged in education, employment and training.
7 Schools (2) Linda Wilson (Royds Hall High School) Review our transitions policy have a better understanding of our future students build a picture of Y5 and Y6 students in our feeder schools. Engage with parents of potential NEETs, ensuring that we work with them to make their experiences of education and employment more positive. Ray Henshaw (Batley Girls High School) Develop an individualised curriculum able to motivate and engage young people using applied learning, external providers, non traditional subjects (GCSE/Advanced) to allow valid accredited progression and achievement. Use Excellent Well Being Centre to address social/emotional issues and create an onsite short stay unit to address behavioural/attitudinal/attainment issues. Work with primary feeders to identify potential NEET students at key stage 2 and work on strategic plans to address emerging issues prior to joining the school through our nurture group. Create an exclusive Year 7 area (Social/Eating spaces) to allow an inculcation of a culture of success and high expectation in an oasis away from the rest of the school for the first year and provide a positive foundation to build on. Introducing a 3 year key stage 4 programme from September 2011 to allow stretch and challenge and opportunity for catch-up (& longitudinal GCSE courses) for potential NEET candidates.
8 Schools (3) Teresa Butler (Birkdale High School) To consolidate my knowledge of progression routes post 16 and to use this to give staff in school the skills to enable students to make informed choices post 14 and post 16. To develop access to CEIAG in year 7. To develop on line IAG folders within schools for students to record the information and guidance they get throughout their time in school, their plans and vision for their own future. Lee Whitworth (All Saints Catholic College) Review NEET statistics with a view to rationalising existing student engagement/support mechanisms within school seek wider engagement with community and raise awareness of NEET. Raise the awareness of NEET with strategic leadership/management at school. Ensure Connexions are following up NEETs in accordance with best practice and in accordance with Kirklees priorities/guidance.
9 University of Huddersfield Christine Jarvis (University of Huddersfield) Share aims and findings of NEET research with practitioners and policy makers. Engage in partnership with schools and the local authority to raise aspiration and opportunity. Dr Robin Simmons (University of Huddersfield) To undertake research project on experiences of NEET young people To publish and publicise project findings To develop research in related areas in future Lisa Russell (University of Huddersfield) Contribute to knowledge on NEET share knowledge in academic and practitioner arenas Act as a personal support mechanism for a few NEET individuals. Ron Thompson (University of Huddersfield) As a member of the NEET Research Project, I will be involved in researching and disseminating findings on the lives and experiences of young people. Explore the possibility of linking trainee teachers for post-16 sector with work with NEET young people, as a teaching practice placement.
10 Partners (1) Andrew Czolacz (Compact Education Business Services) Commit to reduce NEET, provide support for students who we have an impact on. Ensure that all my staff are engaged in helping to make sure that clients that they are involved with have a positive outcome Work in partnership with the local authority and other agencies to reduce NEET. To share good practice and where practicable experience and expertise. To help Pupil Referral Service with their objectives to ensure there are quality provisions to help and support pre- NEET and to look at ways to ensure young people continue positively. Catherine Ladd (Calderdale and Kirklees Careers) Continue to work with NEET young people in Centre and potential NEETs in school to raise aspiration and encourage participation and ensure all non-targeted young people have access to advice and guidance and build up a good relationship in case things go wrong later. Look in depth at the destination data for my school 1, 2, 3 years down the line to see how accurate NEET predications at Y10 were and to adjust if necessary to target support.
11 Partners (2) Fay McIntosh (Calderdale and Kirklees Careers) Learner feedback share with learning providers the views of young people leaving/dropping out of provision and entering NEET. Data exchange and churn Connexions managers to work with teams to ensure everything is done/offered to progress a potential NEET joiner before the recorded destination is changed. Gerald Hey (Calderdale and Kirklees Careers) Restructure Calderdale and Kirklees Careers to meet future challenges in austere times based on proven effectiveness measures to help ensure we play our key role in addressing the NEET reduction and engagement aspirations. Lorraine Wood/Ann Sykes (JobCentre Plus) Continue to champion data sharing between Department of Work and Pensions/JobCentre Plus and connexions therefore supporting more focussed effective support to year olds and not duplicating effort. To continue to ensure links are made to all relevant strategies Worklessness, Well Being and Health Inequalities and Social Exclusion. To continue to influence employers re: the importance of making employment opportunities available to young people.
12 Partners (3) Samantha Kennedy (The Prince s Trust) To continue to lobby with statutory agencies to demonstrate the added value flexible delivery and efficiencies that some VCS partners can bring. 1 invested in an organisation like the Prince s trust can result in us achieving a match fund from the private sector purse threefold. To ensure that the voices of young people in Kirklees continue to be heard, through our Young Ambassadors programme and support to the Leverhulme project. To continue to provide, and scale up, innovative and engaging provision for the hardest-to-reach young people in Kirklees. Simon Perfitt (St. Anne s Community Services/Voluntary Action Network) Improve organisation s involvement with Compact Education Business Services to provide school students with a vision of a career in care Support the council s Future Jobs Fund opportunities for young people to obtain a positive career. Share today s experience and learning with other 3 rd sector leaders. Steve Collins (Calderdale and Kirklees Careers) To identify how my organisation can mainstream the quality and effectiveness of front-line services in the face of swingeing cuts. To act as a catalyst in unpicking the issues around churn (an average of 43 young people joined NEET from E2E in each month of last year; an average of 30ish from Kirklees College) in order to reduce the number of programme/course participants who complete and progress.
13 Local Authority Officers (1) NEET Breakfast Summit Pledges Denis Grainger (Kirklees Council) Partnership and local authority to take forward strategic place shaping role to focus the Plan and the Local Area Statement of Need. ESF funding opportunity to address NEET a key focus. To work with the YPLA and Kirklees College on the issue of provision to meet NEET via flexible starts, foundation learning (E2E) etc. Graham Crossley (Kirklees Council) Recommend further work with the Planning Executive to look at progressions and pathways to address the high churn rates in Kirklees and potential warehousing of young people. Review commissioned IAG services and outcomes to ensure young people are receiving the personalised support needed. Heather Waddington (Kirklees Council) Advocate and make linkages with partners to support the target group to push whole family approach to be addressed working with individuals can be undone quickly by parents/peers. Secure funding opportunities to address the issues working on the ESF NEET Bid, developing with partners a Youth Enterprise model using ERDF funding. Consider whether the Regeneration and Economic Development Service in their role can help schools understand the changing labour market and employers needs to fully support young people through good careers advice.
14 Local Authority Officers (2) NEET Breakfast Summit Pledges Isabel Foster (Kirklees Council) To work with partners to ensure NEET focus remains a key element of the Local Area Statement of Need with agreed partner contributions. Continue to work with schools and other partners to develop and enhance understanding of links between skill need and curriculum programmes and pathways. Develop further collaborative curriculum to meet their needs of young people in a variety of settings to improve attainment and opportunity. Lynn Nickson (Kirklees Council) Re-focus the NEET priority within the service I manage including raising aspirations and articulating expectations with greater clarity. Be more explicit with the providers we commission from the third sector about the local authority s expectations about clear progression routes and requirement of a fuller spectrum of qualification. Improve transition arrangements and expectations Pupil Referral Service and alternative providers. Richard Smith (Kirklees Council) Ensure that all young people leaving custody have an employment, training or education place to go to on release. Increase the proportion and frequency of home visits by staff the engagement of parents is key.