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16 in 13? Find out more

06 October 2014

The Education and Skills Act 2008 increases the minimum age at which young people in England can leave learning, requiring them to continue in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 from 2013 and until their 18th birthday from 2015.

Most young people already take part in some form of education and training after they leave school, because it gives you the best chance to get the skills and qualifications that Universities and employers are looking for.

Evidence shows that if you get qualifications at this age, it can help you to earn more over your whole lifetime – on average, young people with 2 or more A-Levels or equivalent BTECs earn around 14% more than those without.

RPA will mean that all young people are given the opportunity, provision and support they need to learn and participate after age 16.

Raising the participation age (RPA) does not mean young people must stay in school; they will able to choose one of the following options:

  • full-time education, such as college, school or home education
  • work-based learning, such as an Apprenticeship
  • part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week

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