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About Raising the School Leaving 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

For more advice see information on Supporting young people aged 13 to 19 years.

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 on the Provision of Post-16 Education and Training

Worcestershire Raising the Participation Age (RPA) Toolkit

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Externally Published Documents

Links to other Externally Published Documents.

Foundation Learning Programmes

Find out more information on Foundation Learning Programmes.