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Education or training at 16 and 17

The law has changed and young people now have to continue in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. And from 2015 this will be until their 18th birthday.

This is known as raising the participation age (RPA) - the Government’s new policy to give all young people the opportunity to develop their skills and qualifications, and supporting them to secure employment or progress to higher education.

What does this mean for me?

  • if you left Year 11 in summer 2013 you will need to continue in education or training until at least the end of the academic year in which you turn 17

  • if you started Year 11 in September 2013, you will need to stay in education or training until at least your 18th birthday.

What are the education or training options?

When you leave secondary education, there are lots of options available. You can choose from:

Why should I stay in education or training longer?

Staying in education or training will mean that you will be more qualified, which will give you better job prospects in the future. There is also a big pay gap between people with qualifications, and those without.

Deciding what to do

It is important that you take the time to research which option is best for you.

  • What learning style suits you best? Do you like being in a classroom? Do you prefer practical subjects? Do you prefer exams or course work, or possibly a mixture of both?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses? What subjects do you enjoy?
  • What would you like to do in the future? Think about where the course, work based learning or job will take you.

Speak to your parents/carers, teachers and careers adviser to help you decide what to do. Don’t choose courses just because your friends are choosing them.


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