Raising the Participation Age

Does this affect everyone?  Yes.

This change means that by 2013 everyone in England must stay in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17.

As part of the Government’s strategy to enable young    people to gain the skills, knowledge and expertise needed

The change does not necessarily mean young people will have to stay in school beyond the age of 16

You will be able to choose from one of the following options:

· Full-time education, such as school, college or home education

· work-based learning with training, such as an apprenticeship

· Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week.

Why has this change been introduced?

The world of work is changing.

Today’s learners are likely to need high level skills, training and qualifications to help them achieve future career success.

Is there any financial help available?

The government have also introduced the new  16-19 Bursary Fund which will provide £1,200 bursaries to the young people who most need it;

such as those in care,

teenage parents and those with a disability, amongst others.

Schools and colleges will also have funds from which they can provide additional bursaries to anyone they believe needs the extra support to continue in post-16 education and training, for example those who need help meeting travelling costs

For more information

Speak with:

Mrs Perry (office situated in main school opposite L6)

Mrs Forster

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(Internet connection required).

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