The Evolution of NEET Policy and Practice in England by the Coalition Government

Jo Hutchinson, Vanessa Beck, Tristram Hooley

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)peer-review


This article explores the way in which government policy shapes the lives of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). In particular it examines how the concept of NEETs is set within a specific infrastructure and discourse for managing and supporting young people. The article provides a brief history of the NEET concept and NEET initiatives, before moving on to scrutinise the policies of the Coalition Government. A key distinction is made between those policies and practices that seek to prevent young people becoming NEET from those that seek to re-engage those who are NEET. It is argued that the Coalition has drawn on a similar active labour market toolkit to the previous Labour administration, but that this has been implemented with fewer resources and less co-ordination. It concludes that there is little reason to believe that Coalition policy will be any more successful than that of the previous government, and some reason to be concerned that it will lead to young people becoming more entrenched within NEET.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-727
JournalJournal of Education and Work
Issue number6
Early online date19 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Structured keywords

  • Perspectives on Work


Dive into the research topics of 'The Evolution of NEET Policy and Practice in England by the Coalition Government'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this