Too many young people ‘off the radar’ after leaving school

The BBC is reporting concerns from the Public Accounts Committee that too many young people in England fall “off the radar” when they leave school…

The committee says local councils do not know what large numbers of 16- to 18-year-olds in their areas are doing and fail to give them adequate support.

The PAC is also critical of a lack of careers advice for young people.

In a report, it says 148,000 out of two million 16- to 18-year-olds in England are not in education, employment or training (Neet).

It warns tens of thousands of these “simply disappear from all the relevant public systems”.

The committee says there is a duty on local authorities to track 16- to 18-year-olds in their area, but some local authorities do not know whether young people are participating in education or training or not.

Nationally, 7% of young people’s activity is unknown. In some local authorities the proportion is as high as 20%…

The PAC report raises concerns that many local authorities do not help young people with the costs of travelling to school or college, saying this can lead to some young people being disadvantaged.

In 63 local authorities – where transport costs are relatively high – young people do not get help with these costs, creating a postcode lottery.

It also says careers advice is patchy across the country and most young people still do not receive the careers advice they need…

Margaret Hodge, who chairs the PAC, said: “Too many young people simply disappear from all the relevant public systems…”

But David Simmonds, chairman of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said councils had reduced the number of “unknown” 16- to-18-year-olds by 14% since 2012…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Careers advice is “patchy” because the govt cut all funding to it. Short of electronic tagging what would people suggest?

  2. andylutwyche

    suzyg001 SchoolsImprove Weird how politicians are very quick to moan about “poor careers advice” but neglect to mention they cut its money

  3. HughdjNicklin

    MaryMyatt after 5-year imprisonment failing to master incomprehensible network of words, they make themselves scarce. #GreatEducationHoax

  4. HughdjNicklin

    andylutwyche or platonist fantasy wh, given suburban progressive ideas on childrearing & pedagogy, never had a chance #GreatEducationHoax

  5. AndyDefinite

    SchoolsImprove Partly because the world they move into has only limited opportunities for some and often exploits with low pay!

  6. getcarter66

    SchoolsImprove Off the Radar. it has been happening for years. So many young people – it will amaze people how many can not read or write..

  7. jessica10510

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove even in 2009 the careers advice at my state school sixth form was virtually non existent.

  8. jessica10510

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove even in 2009 the careers advice at my state school sixth form was virtually non existent.

  9. LtWomenaid

    SchoolsImprove Happened 2 attend carrier meeting @ 1 of UK schools. Teachers tell youngsters they can’t achieve nothing if grades r low!

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