Evaluation of the Activity and Learning Agreement Pilot

Process Evaluation: Year One Report

Maguire S, Thompson J (University of Warwick), Hillage J, Dewson S, Miller L, Johnson C, Newton B, Bates P, Page P (IES) | Research Report RW027 | Department for Children, Schools and Families | Jan 2008

The Activity and Learning Agreements Pilots were launched in April 2006 in 12 areas of England. Activity Agreements (AA) were for 16 and 17 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET), who were offered a weekly allowance in return for committing to a plan and completing agreed activities to re-integrate them back in to learning.

Learning Agreements (LA) were for 16-17 year olds in jobs with no accredited training (JWT), to support and encourage them back into learning.

This report is based on the process strand of the evaluation which used case studies to explore the operational issues and the implementation chain, identifying problems and good practice. The methodology comprised documentary analysis interviews with 246 key staff and 33 employers.

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