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Young people at risk of becoming NEET: evidence, policies and challenges

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START DATE 13 November 2015
START TIME 10:00am

C219-C220, College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT

END DATE 13 November 2015
END TIME 03:00pm

A one-day conference at Middlesex University

Organised by the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), this conference will bring together stakeholders, policy makers and researchers working on education and school-to-work transitions at a European, national and local level.

During the event, the team from the SPRC will present the preliminary findings of its extensive research with schools across several sites in England, carried out as part of the wide-scale EU-funded project, Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe ( This will be followed by guest speakers presenting the situation at the European level, then an in-depth round table discussion involving a number of stakeholders and policy makers on the implications raised by the findings of this important research.

The event will also represent a key stage in the development of the 'Stakeholders Engagement Platform' of and allow us to identify ways in which our research findings can inform the work of national and local education practitioners and policymakers.

Programme of the day:

10.00-10.20     Arrival and coffee

10.20-10.30     Welcome and introduction to – Prof Louise Ryan

10.30-11.00     Presentation of key findings from survey data – Dr Alessio D'Angelo and Neil Kaye

11.00-11.30     Interrogating Early School Leaving, Youth Unemployment and NEETs – Professor Louise Ryan and Magdolna LÅ‘rinc

11.30-12.30     Presentation by EU speakers:

Eamonn Davern - DE Employment, European Commission

Dan Taubman - DG Education, European Commission/ Working group on ESL

12.30-1.30       Lunch

1.30-3.00         Round table discussion: Challenges of youth unemployment in the London context

Jess Bridgman - Policy Connect

Abi Levitt - Tomorrow's People

Elaine Runswick - Barnet Council

Ruth Smith - Lambeth Council

Catherine Sezen- Association of Colleges

The event is free to attend but for catering purposes places must be booked in advance by 6th November 2015.

Limited places are available so book early to guarantee a place.

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