(not in employment, education, or training)
An acronym coined to describe those young people who are not engaged in any form of education, training, or employment when they have left school. Government statistics in 2003 concluded that approximately 9 per cent of 16–18‐year‐olds could be classified as falling within the NEET category. Research to discover the factors which might predispose young people to non‐involvement and underachievement has been carried out extensively as a result of the widening participation agenda. Data suggest that within the NEET category there are disproportionate numbers of young people from the following groups: young mothers; those with low achievement at General Certificate of Secondary Education level; those from a low socio‐economic group; and those who were regular truants in Year 11 at school.