Abstracts: July 21st, 2008

The Department for Children, Schools and Families report on 16-18 year olds shows that 78.7 per cent were in education, training or employment. This is the highest ever rate and an increase of 1.6 percentage points on the previous year. The total number increased by 36,000 to 1.59 million which is also the highest number ever.

The proportion not in education, employment or training (NEET) was 9.4 per cent, down from 10.4 per cent in the previous year. The total number of 16-18 year olds NEET was estimated at 189,000.

The 14-19 Implementation Plan set the long-term ambition to transform participation, so that by 2015, 90 per cent of 17 year olds are participating. The latest estimate towards this is 78.4 per cent, which is an increase of 1.5 percentage points over the year.

The report is available from the DCSF.