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Why young people end up as NEET - Not in Education, Employment or Training - and what can be done to reduce their number, is the focus of this whole-school video on Every Child Matters for secondary headteachers and teachers.
The number of NEETs was estimated at 200,000 in 2008. Here, three young NEETs who left school at 16 talk about their experiences of flitting between college courses and short-term employment, as they discuss whether they feel they have a direction in life.
However, Quintin Kynaston School in north-west London has developed a programme to prevent Year 10 and 11 girls from becoming disengaged and dropping out, which are the first steps to becoming NEET.
This video looks at whether early intervention models like this are the key to reducing the scale of the NEET problem.
Part of the series: School Matters