Transparency data

NEET and participation: local authority figures

Data showing the proportions of 16- and 17-year-olds in education and training and an estimate of those not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Applies to England



Local authorities have a duty to track young people’s activity to identify those not participating and support them to do so.

The data shows the number and proportion of 16- and 17-year-olds recorded as in education or training in each local authority area and an estimate of the proportion and number of 16- and 17-year-olds who are recorded as NEET or whose activity is ‘not known’.

Until 2018 this information was made available for December, March and June quarters but following an internal review this was revised and from 2018 became an annual release for March only.

Caution should be taken when comparing historic figures due to a change in the methodology from 2016 where NEET and not known were reported as the headline statistic. Previously an adjustment was made to the NEET figure to try and estimate the proportion of not known activity that was likely to be a result of the young person being NEET (see notes that accompany each publication for further information on the methodological change).

Also prior to 2016 local authorities were required to also track 18 year olds but this requirement was lifted and only those aged 16 and 17 are included in the 2016 and 2017 figures.

Published 18 October 2018
Last updated 12 August 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added previously published NEET data by local authority from 2012 to 2017.

  2. Added '16- to 17-year-olds recorded in education and training and NEET by local authority, 2021'.

  3. Added data for 2020.

  4. Data for 2019 added.

  5. First published.