This paper considers what is required to improve education outcomes for children and young people who are disengaged from school. These children and young people may face a number of challenges that cause them to disengage from school and may require additional support to reengage with education, training or employment.
The paper starts with a definition of the cohort, considers the scale of the challenge, outlines the current ecosystem of support and summarises stories from those with lived experience. It documents SVA’s exploration of the SVA Education Driver Tree through the experience of children and young people disengaged from education. It then identifies the key drivers of better educational outcomes for these children and young people across home/community, the system and formal education environments. The paper provides examples of these drivers in action to highlight activities in the sector that are creating promising outcomes for children and young people disengaged from education.