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Local authorities knuckle down to raising the participation age

As 2011 drew to a close, the number of young people not in employment, education or training (Neet) hit its highest level since comparable records began. There are now almost 450,000 so-called Neets aged between 16 and 18, not to mention a further 700,000 aged between 19 and 24.

The hardline taskmaster

University College London (UCL) and the schools in which Tony Sewell used to teach might inhabit the same city, but for many of his former pupils, the comparison ends there.