Raising the Participation Age
What does it mean?
The minimum age at which young people in England can leave learning is being increased. From summer 2013, young people will be required to continue in education or training to the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. This will affect our current Year 11 cohort (2012-13). From summer 2015 they will be required to stay until their 18th birthday. This will affect our current Year 10 cohort.
These changes do not mean young people will be required to stay in school. There will be three ways in which young people can participate post-16: full-time education in a school or college; an apprenticeship; part-time accredited learning if they are in full-time employment or volunteering.
Please visit the Department for Education website for further information about what raising the participation age (RPA) will mean for young people, parents, schools and colleges, employers and local authorities.