Support students at risk of NEET

To support you with longer term planning, we have identified key resources to support you in working with students from a young age to track intended destinations, measure career readiness and to effectively engage parents/carers in supporting their children to identify their next best step 

Key resources:

  1. Use Compass+ > or our handy template to identify those with no clear intended destinations 
  2. Use the Future Skills Questionnaire > for key student/cohorts to identify potential barriers
  3. Support parents/careers to prepare young people for follow up meetings with Careers Advisers >

Other supporting resources:   

1. Compass+ >

With our free Compass+ tool you can benchmark, manage, track and report on your school's careers provision at individual student level.

2. Future Skills Questionnaire >

The Future Skills Questionnaire gives students the opportunity to reflect on their career-related knowledge and skills.  

The tool can be used to help identify students who may be at risk of NEET. Track students who are responding consistently negatively to the FSQ questions and use responses to tailor support and intervention.  

Asking students at risk of NEET to complete the FSQ also allows Careers Leaders to use the results to target support in areas students identify as particular challenges 

3. Talking Futures >

Talking Futures is a suite of resources to help you support parents’ role in careers decision-making and increase their participation in your activities. Designed by the Gatsby Foundation, it is based on research exploring how institutions can best support parents to help young people make informed careers and education decisions. 

Resources feature a range of tools and activities including: 

  • Parent-facing activities for events such as parents’ evenings and tailored family learning sessions. 

  • Student-facing activities to reinforce parents’ role in decision-making. 

  • Support for Careers Leaders to identify activities that will complement existing provision. 

  • Practical tips and guidance on how to deliver each type of activity. 

  • A range of preparation activities to help you and parents get the most out of each session 

4. Shuttleworth Timeline >

Destination data procedure – Shuttleworth College 

Use this example to plan out how to collect data, follow the correct procedures, and analyse and report on the destination data itself. 

5. Funded Careers Leader Training >

To access funded professional training that will support you in developing a progressive careers programme including how students can be supported to make informed decisions at key transitions, please access our training catalogue with details of all fully funded offers available, including information on the additional £1000 training bursary 

6. Prince’s Trust: Team >

‘Team’, a 12-week personal development programme from The Prince’s Trust offers unemployed young people, between 16 and 25,  the chance to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people. 

When young people come on board, they’ll be challenged to: 

  • Take on their own group community project, making a positive difference to the place where they live 

  • Take part in an action packed residential trip 

  • Get two weeks’ work experience in something they’re interested in 

  • Develop their English and Maths skills 

7. Youth Employment UK: Create Your Future >

For young people who are ready to take the next step and look for work, Youth Employment UK have resource and support Help Getting A Job - Advice For Young People

“I use a scoring spreadsheet to give me a ‘Risk of NEET’ indicator (low to very high) and share this information with pastoral staff and our careers advisor to ensure those most likely to become NEET are given further support, particularly over the summer and into enrolment. I consider several factors including persistent absenteeism, LAC status, young carer, SEND, pastoral issues, EAL, etc.” Careers Leader, December 2021


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