A review of international research shows that the key stage in helping the Neet group comes long before a young person is old enough to be categorised as "not in education, employment or training".
Their report states: "It is important that educational establishments begin to think about preparing young people for their futures from the earliest possible opportunity, and that they intervene early if a young person appears to be falling behind or losing interest."
The study by Julie Nelson and Lisa O'Donnell, through a National Foundation for Educational Research programme, identifies a range of approaches that appear to chime with Curriculium for Excellence. They stress the benefits of having variety and flexibility in subject content, pedagogy and qualifications.
There is much that teachers and other professionals can do to help the Neet group, but a consistent national approach is crucial, the report concludes.