Talking about NEETs at the Policy Exchange

November 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm 1 comment

by Alec Patton

Last Tuesday, I spent a stimulating afternoon at an event on ‘NEET and Youth Unemployment’ at the Policy Exchange Ideas Space (for those who don’t know, ‘NEET’ stands for ‘Not in Education, Employment,or Training’ and is generally applied (as it was in this instance) to people aged 16-24). I sat next to Joe Sarling of the Young People’s Enterprise Partnership, who writes a blog called Comment Today that’s worth checking out.

There’s a nice summary of the event on the Policy Exchange website here

What struck me most about the discussion was that it kept coming back to education, despite the fact that none of the speakers was connected with a school (they were Damian Hinds, MP, former DWP select committee chair Terry Rooney, Prince’s Trust Director of Policy and Development Ginny Lunn, and UCKES Assistant Director of Strategy and Performance Moira McKerracher).

Damian Hinds (who sits on the education committee) started this off by focusing his opening statement on education – he identified four key goals for secondary and post-16 education:
1. Stimulating young people’s aspiration
2. Creating an engaging curriculum
3. Giving young people the skills they need for a career in the 21st century
4. Organising education on the principle that every child matters (a phrase that I was glad to hear still has currency!)

These four points bear a striking resemblance to the guiding concerns of Learning FuturesStudio Schools (which officially launched last Thursday), Opening Minds, Whole Education, and Envision Schools, among a host of other organisations- they also echo things I’ve recently heard from remarks of Yong Zhao, Nelson Gonzalez, and many, many other people around the world.

It’s beginning to feel like a movement around here…

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Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services.

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