New scorecards are being introduced by the government to help councils reduce the number of youngsters not in education, employment or training (NEET).
The cards will rate local authorities' performance in a number of areas - including how well they are tracking young people's activity - against the national average, helping them identify areas in which they can improve and ensuring the public are better able to hold them to account.
A six-month trial period has been a success, the Department for Education announced, and the cards will now be published every summer. Covering the 16 to 19 age group, they will support the government's attempts to ensure all young people are earning or learning.
Skills minister Nick Boles said: "With recent figures showing record lows in the number of young people not in education, employment or training, it is clear that our economic plan is working.
"But we know there is more to do, and the annual NEET scorecards will prove a highly effective tool in delivering our commitment to helping young people reach their potential."
Oxfordshire County Council’s director for children, education and families Jim Leivers said the data on the scorecards is presented clearly and logically, and they will help the local authority build on the progress it has already made in reducing NEET levels.
Government figures reveal the number of NEET 16 to 24-year-olds is at its lowest level in a decade, while the number of 16 to 18-year-olds NEET is at its lowest rate since records began, with 52,000 fewer young people NEET since 2011.
In addition, new local authority data included in the scorecards reveals there has been a year-on-year rise in the proportion of 16 and 17-year-olds in education and training.
Measures introduced to reduce NEET levels include raising the age of participation in education or training to 18, improving the quality of vocational education and introducing traineeships for young people.
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