Although 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
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
- Work-based learning eg. an Apprenticeship
- 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
What's Happening in Worcestershire?
Find out what is happening in
Worcestershire RPA Toolkit
Download our toolkit here.
Externally Published Documents
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Foundation Learning Programmes
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