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Raising young people’s aspirations and driving up participation and attainment in learning is the best way to help young people realise their potential and get ready for work.
The Government has already introduced significant reforms to education to drive up standards – including further empowering teachers, reviewing the curriculum, and providing additional funding for the most disadvantaged pupils.
It is raising the age to which young people must participate in education or training to 17 in 2013 and 18 in 2015 to help prepare them for adult life and employment.
It has also recently announced a Youth Contract to address youth unemployment and published a new strategy for supporting young people aged 16 to 24 to participate in learning and work.
Positive for Youth reflects the fact that young people’s experiences outside the classroom at home and in their community are also crucial in helping them form and pursue their ambitions. Building on the best of local practice, it sets out the principles of a good local system of support for young people.
The Government’s health reforms offer exciting potential to improve young people’s health and wellbeing by developing more coordinated and preventative approaches, involving young people in shaping local services, and making it as easy as possible for them to get early advice.
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