The Government is increasing the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training, requiring them to continue until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 from 2013 and until their 18th birthday from 2015.
Young people currently in Year 11 and below are affected.
Raising the participation age (RPA) does not mean young people must stay in school; they will able to choose one of the following options post-16:
The information in this section provides more information about raising the participation age. This includes our response to the consultation the Deparment ran on RPA regulations in early 2012 and details of locally-led delivery projects, which are running in 44 local authorities across the country.
Information for young people, parents, schools and colleges, employers and local authorities.
General article 02 May 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
Information about Phase 4 of local work to prepare for RPA, which will run from April 2012 to March 2013, with 39 locally-led delivery projects in 44 local authority areas.
General article 29 November 2012
Information about past trials, tools and projects to help develop key approaches to raising the participation age.
General article 04 October 2012
Information on the Government’s response to the consultation on RPA regulations, providing more details about how RPA will work in practice.
General article 04 July 2012