Participating in education or training beyond the age of 16 offers young people an opportunity to get qualifications and experience that can significantly increase their prospects of future employment and earnings:
The Government has committed to increasing the number of places in education and training for 16-18 year olds as we prepare to raise the participation age to 18 by 2015. Local authorities have a duty to ensure that sufficient, suitable places are available to meet the reasonable needs of all young people, and to encourage them to participate.
The information in this section has been written to help local areas to increase participation in education by those aged 16 and over. As well as the latest statistics, you can find out about supporting young people's transition to education and training at age 16, our commitment to raising the participation age, and support for young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).
How the Youth Contract will support 16- to 17-year-olds who move into education, training or employment with training.
General article 28 November 2013
Information about the process for identifying underperformance in 16-18 education providers.
Multi-page article 25 November 2013
The latest figures from CCIS showing the proportion of 16- and 17-year-olds in education and training
General article 10 October 2013
Information on education destination measures for key stage 4 and key stage 5.
General article 23 July 2013
A guide for schools on securing independent careers guidance for students.
Multi-page article 13 June 2013
Information that colleges may wish to draw on when interpreting the new requirement. It will help colleges decide on the most appropriate forms of independent and impartial careers guidance and other kinds of careers support for their students.
General article 12 June 2013
Information for local authorities on the management information requirement for data provided by the Client Caseload Information System (CCIS).
General article 08 May 2013
Guidance from the Education Act 2011. Information about the duty to secure independent and impartial careers guidance for young people in schools. This is statutory guidance for headteachers, school staff, governing bodies and local authorities.
Statutory guidance 27 March 2013
Statutory guidance for local authorities (LAs) on their duties relating to the participation of young people in education, employment or training.
Statutory guidance 21 March 2013
Survey results from 2000 to 2009 showing the early pathways taken by young people beyond their compulsory education.
General article 26 February 2013