Case study - Tackling sixth form and college drop out

Girl writing 350C&K Careers has developed a 'Risk of Drop Out Indicator' with its further education partners.


All Year 11s, around 7,000 young people, have close contact with careers advisers in Calderdale and Kirklees schools to support them into appropriate learning options and enable them to progress in the long term:

  • Around 96% of Year 11 leavers in Calderdale and Kirklees make successful transitions into learning.
  • Of the 96%,  not all will stay in learning, many drop out during the crucial first term for a variety of reasons.


C&K Careers and its further education partners worked together to develop a ‘Risk of Drop Out Indicator' for 2013 Leavers to:

  • Target young people at risk of dropping out.
  • Offer them the right support, so they remain in further education.
  • Discuss alternative learning options, where it becomes necessary.


  • Just over 10% of 2013 Year 11 leavers were identified by careers advisers in schools as needing additional support during that vital first term in further education.
  • From September, using the new 'Risk of Drop Out Indicator', careers advisers are now able to refer 2013 leavers at risk of dropping out to careers advisers working in post 16 institutions.
  • Careers advisers working in colleges and sixth forms are working with their contacts in further education to provide timely, bespoke support to these 'at risk' young people.


It is early days but it is hoped that:

  • Fewer young people will drop out of learning and become NEET because of the additional early support received.
  • Schools will be able to reduce their NEET figures.
  • Colleges will be able to improve their retention rates.

A report, both quantitative and qualitative, on the impact of this new initiative will be produced later in 2013 and again in spring 2014.

For further information:

Contact: Louise or Sally, Education Team Managers
Call: 01484 225500 
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