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Raising the Participation Age
TransportAlthough the participation age has increased, the statutory school age has not changed and there is no entitlement to free Home to School Transport from the age of 16. The Government has not provided any further funding for those students who reach this age and as the County Council is looking to fund just statutory entitlement it was not considered necessary to review this part of the policy.

Worcester County Council offers a subsidised bus pass scheme, Seve7nCard and maintains a network of transport options for students to excise their choice of education provider.  Post 16 education providers manage Bursary Schemes that are available to support students learning costs, each provider sets its own policy regarding who is eligible to apply.   

Raising the Participation Age

The Education and Skills Act 2008 means that all young people must stay in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17, and until at least their 18th birthday from 2015.  The change in law is intended to lead these young people to achieve national qualifications. 

Are you an employer? Read the implications for businesses employing young people.

Raising the Participation Age (RPA) to age 18 does not mean raising the school-leaving age. Young people will not have to stay in school; they will be able to choose one of the following main routes open to them:

  • Full time education eg. school, college or home tuition
  • Work-based learning eg. an Apprenticeship or
  • Part-time training alongside working or volunteering, for more than 20 hours per week

Learning Community Roadshow

Staff involved with Foundation Learning and Raising the Participation Age recently joined forces to promote the opportunities available to young people post 16. Find out more information


Provision of Post-16 Education and Training

Under the Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009, local authorities assumed responsibility for commissioning suitable education and training for all 16-19 year olds from the academic year 2011/12.More information.

What's Happening in Worcestershire?

Find out what is happening in Worcestershire

Worcestershire RPA Toolkit

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Externally Published Documents

Links to other Externally Published Documents

Foundation Learning Programmes

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Contact Information

 Kim Wattie
Diverse Curriculum Manager
01905 765396

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This page was last reviewed 31 July 2014 at 13:50.
The page is next due for review 27 January 2016.