Information for Parents: ‘Raising the Participation Age’

The government has introduced new legislation regarding ‘Raising the Participation Age’. This will take effect from September 2013, therefore, this will apply to your child if he or she is currently in Year 11 and due to leave school in June 2013.

Under the new ‘Raising the Participation Age’ policy, young people will be required to participate in education, training, or work with training:

•  until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 from September this year

•  until they turn 18 by 2015.

The government and the school will ensure that your son or daughter has access to a wealth of opportunities and support to help them to learn and participate after the age of 16. This could include:

  • full time education (such as school or college)
  • an apprenticeship or
  • part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for
  • 20 hours or more per week.

Though the legal requirement to participate will be on your son or daughter, they will no doubt seek your guidance and support to help them to make those decisions about their education and training options.

In addition to your advice, we provide all pupils in years 9 to 11 with independent, impartial careers guidance on the full range of post-16 education and training options, including apprenticeships, to help them to make informed decisions about their future.

The great majority of our academy leavers already continue to full time education or to apprenticeship.

If you would like to find out more you can visit the following website or download the flyer below:

Department for Education

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