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Developing indicators for early identification of young people at risk of temporary disconnection from learning

The NFER Research Programme, launched in 2012, has recognised, through its strand From Education to Employment, that there is widespread benefit in
improving the system of identification of young people at risk of temporary disconnection from learning at an early stage in their secondary education and in
intervening to prevent disengagement. It is NFER’s aim to provide the evidence to make possible the improvement in this system and facilitate early
intervention.

This report sets out the findings from initial exploratory research conducted to inform the best way to carry out further large-scale research to meet our aim outlined
above. We are grateful to the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Children’s Improvement Board (CIB) for supporting and sponsoring this research project.