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NEET and the September Guarantee Tuesday 27 February 2007 Presented to: 14-19 Partnership Group By: LSC Birmingham and Solihull Partnership Team. Welcome. Background. 01. Background (1). Context: 14-19 reforms, including curriculum content and new ways of working:

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NEET and the September Guarantee

Tuesday 27 February 2007

Presented to: 14-19 Partnership Group

By: LSC Birmingham and Solihull Partnership Team


background 1
Background (1)
  • Context:
      • 14-19 reforms, including curriculum content and new ways of working:
          • Aimed a increasing attainment (and skills) pre-16
          • Encouraging ‘staying-on’ and retention post-16
          • Supporting the transition between the two
      • Public Service Agreement (PSA) target:
          • Reduce the number of 16-18 year olds Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)
      • LSC National, Regional & Local Priority:
          • 90% participation by 2015 (national priority)
          • Reducing NEET in areas above the national benchmark (LSC West Midlands Regional Commissioning Plan)
          • 2006 Joint Area Review (JAR) of Birmingham: highlighted the relatively slow reduction in NEET figures
background 2
Background (2)
  • Local Response (1):
      • NEET Action Plan delivered to Government Office, indicating a range of current and planned activities
      • Joint management group between Connexions, Local Authority and the LSC:
          • Shared ownership for strategy, delivery and performance of provision
      • Target provision specifically at those localities where there are high concentration of disadvantaged young people:
          • Shape provision to meet the requirements of young people: offenders, teenage parents, those leaving the looked after system
          • Provision with an aim, not just for the sake of engagement
background 3
Background (3)
  • Local Response (2):
      • Recognising the majority of provision for Young People will be secured through dialogue with Colleges, Providers and Schools (through the Local Authority)
          • Consolidating growth where providers are above target
          • Protecting LLDD provision at institutional level
          • Commission for new Apprenticeship provision in key sectors from providers offering the best Success Rates
      • All volumes linked to:
          • Improving Success
          • Quality Assurance
          • Mix and balance of provision: representative of local and regional skills needs and the need for specific client group engagement
background 4
Background (4)
  • Local Response (3):
      • Identify and fill the gaps in our current range of provision aimed at young people in the NEET group or at risk of becoming NEET
      • Commissioning Strategy:
          • Consortia approach: FE/WBL/Voluntary & Community Sector in partnership with Connexions
          • Responsive provision to target neighbourhoods and client groups
          • Securing progression to mainstream, including Level 1 programmes
          • Through ESF, tender for additional provision where required
          • Implement a ‘September Guarantee’ of learning from September 2007




the guarantee 1
The Guarantee (1)
  • A simple definition:
      • Target learners who have not been successful in securing a post-16 place during the final year at school with at least 2 suitable offers of learning by the first Monday in January
  • Birmingham and Solihull response:
      • To go beyond the above definition
      • Offer a ‘wrap-around’ service that recognises and brings together all current practice into a coherent framework:
          • Essential components already exist – albeit fragmented
      • Learning from the two year ‘LEAP’ pilot – still in operation across four schools
the guarantee 2
The Guarantee (2)
  • - pre-NEET

- Planning

- Prospectus

Core interventions for those at risk. Assisting the transition to Post-16

Knowledge of the cohort to assist in planning provision. A learning entitlement for all pupils

Providing informed leaner choice. A managed system for the collection and process of post-16 applications

  • Underpinning Themes:
      • Education, Advice & Guidance (Yrs 8 & 9)
      • Predicted Grades & Career Aspirations (Yr 10)
      • Universal Application (Yr 11)
      • Clearing House (Yrs 11, 12 & 13)
the guarantee 3
The Guarantee (3)
  • Proposed ‘Framework’ (1):
      • Years 8, 9 & 10
the guarantee 4
The Guarantee (4)
  • Key Features (1):
      • The framework for the Guarantee to be built upon careers education and guidance delivered in schools at Years 8 & 9
      • More systematic use of predicted grades:
          • Start of the process for targeting learners who are at risk of becoming NEET
          • Those at risk may be academically able: ‘at risk’ should mean those Year 11s who may not take up their learning entitlement by failing to make a successful transition to post-16 education and training.
      • Linked to all learners completing a ‘careers aspiration form’
          • Softer information, again to all target young people who are undecided or have no intended destination
the guarantee 5
The Guarantee (5)
  • Proposed ‘Framework’ (2):
      • Year 11
the guarantee 6
The Guarantee (6)
  • Key Features (2):
      • Better use of current Connexions resources
          • Identified learners to have specific interventions: visits to post-16 institutions, taster days, introductions to various pathways, application filling days, EMA applications: ‘Timetabled in’
          • Such interventions proved very successful within LEAP pilot
      • Universal Application:
          • Through LEAP many learners were not able or willing to complete multiple applications.
          • Most were put off by the experience and valuable time/resource was taken up by having to complete and then track multiple applications
          • One single form across all post-16 institutions/funding streams
          • Providing standardisation for schools, Connexions, learners and parents
          • Eventually linked to online Area Prospectuses
the guarantee 7
The Guarantee (7)
  • Proposed ‘Framework’ (3):
      • Year 12 & 13
the guarantee 8
The Guarantee (8)
  • Key Features (3):
      • Clearing House
          • Managed process linked to a Universal Application
          • IT Solution to track the cohort between pre to post-16 destinations
          • Not just one-way: monitoring of those learners in Year 12 and 13 that drop out early – initiate a follow-up response
          • Learners within the Clearing House system with out destinations, to benefit from previously mentioned NEET Consortia Commissioning
          • Potential to remove the burden of multiple applications and chasing multiple offers from institutions
          • Institutional buy-in to the service, providing economies of scale

Weighing the



why 1
Why? (1)
  • Customer focus:
      • Inclusive of all deliverers:
          • Schools, FE Institutions, Work-Based Learning Providers
      • Inclusive of all stakeholders:
          • Local Authorities, LSC and Connexions
      • Inclusive of all recipients:
          • Young People and Parents
      • Roles and responsibilities better defined:
          • A more targeted use of resources
why 2
Why? (2)
  • The bigger picture:
      • Co-ordinated support for young people
          • Support prior to and through enrolment
      • Early identification of potential course demand
          • Informing supply and demand
      • Clearer transition pathways
          • Increased post-16 retention
          • Feedback on learner destinations
      • Systematic data exchange
          • Strategic focus on inclusion/view of all provision
      • Increase numbers in Education, Employment or Training