Councils to be scored on school dropout rates

The BBC is reporting that local councils in England are to be scored annually on how well they tackle the dropout rate among teenagers from schools and colleges.

The new at-a-glance scorecards rate their efforts at cutting the number of 16- to 19-year-olds not in education, employment or training (Neet).

The Department for Education says the 16-to-24 Neet rate is at its lowest level in a decade.

Youngsters must now stay in education, employment or training until age 18.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “With recent figures showing record lows in the number of young people not in education, employment or training, it is clear that our economic plan is working.

“But we know there is more to do, and the annual Neet scorecards will prove a highly effective tool in delivering our commitment to helping young people reach their potential.”

…The scorecards, which have been tested for all local authorities over the past six months, will be published every summer.

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The full report suggests the score cards will include the percentage of each age group offered a place in education and how well councils are tracking the occupation of teenagers who are not in school.

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Comments

  1. Will there also be score cards for academies and chains?  Or will all the responsibility be on LAs?  Will academies be required to let LAs know if registered pupils drop out or will LAs be expected to second-guess this?
    And Nick Boles, like so many ministers, needs a lesson in basic statistics.  Just because there are fewer NEETS doesn’t mean his economic plan is working.  Correlation isn’t causation.

  2. Will there also be score cards for academies and chains?  Or will all the responsibility be on LAs?  Will academies be required to let LAs know if registered pupils drop out or will LAs be expected to second-guess this?
    And Nick Boles, like so many ministers, needs a lesson in basic statistics.  Just because there are fewer NEETS doesn’t mean his economic plan is working.  Correlation isn’t causation.

  3. TW

    I wonder if raising the school leaving age has anything to do with “the number of 16- to 19-year-olds not in education, employment or training (Neet)”?

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