Five Mechanisms for Tackling the Risks to NEEThood: Introducing a Pathway to Change to Guide Educators’ Support Strategies

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Abstract

Tackling NEEThood remains a major UK policy focus, with numbers of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) stubbornly high and the COVID-19 Pandemic exacerbating school disengagement and widening inequalities. Drawing on rich qualitative data from a three-year study evaluating educational interventions tackling NEEThood, this paper explores such interventions were successful from the perspectives of the young people and their educators. We introduce five mechanisms underpinning effective support strategies, arguing that these enable a pathway to change for young people. We distinguish between foundational mechanisms, essential at the outset of work with young people, facilitating mechanisms which build on these foundations, and outcome-generating mechanisms which lead to education and work goals. These findings underscore the importance of tackling the social aspects of educational disengagement, as well as the critical role of advocacy and support from an adult who can unpick the complex barriers to engagement and learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-474
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescence and Youth
Volume27
Issue number1
Early online date19 Oct 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • ESL prevention practice
  • NEET
  • early leaving (EL)
  • early leaving from education and training (ELET)
  • early school leaving (ESL)
  • educational re-engagement
  • support strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)

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