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Raising of the Education Participation Age​​​​​

The World of Learning is Changing

From 2013, young people completing Year 11 of school will need to remain in learning for a further academic year, leaving at aged 17 instead of 16. Those due to leave school in 2015 will need to remain in learning until their 18th birthday. 

​Due to complete Year 11
​Must Stay in Learning Until
​June 2012
​June 2014
​June 2015
​18th birthday

The Raising of the Participation Age (RPA) does not mean that young people have to stay in school. Options include:
  • Full-time Education - school 6th form, a college or a Foundation Learning provider. Full-time is classed as at least 540 hours a year
  • An Apprenticeship a full time, paid job while receiving training for a recognised qualification
  • Work with Training if employed, self-employed or volunteering full time (20 hours or more a week), young people must still be in learning for at least 280 hours a year, the equivalent of one day a week during term-time

Advice and guidance on the full range of options is available from Routes To Employment. Telephone 01642 444666 or call the Raising the Participation Age Hotline 01287 612323. ​You can also find more information by downloading the Raising the Participation FAQs document.​


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