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Just finished Year 11?

Have you just finished Year 11?

The Government has changed the law so that from September 2015, you need to stay in education or training until the age of 18. This is called Raising the Participation Age, or RPA.

This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stay on at school, but you can choose one of the following options:

  • Full time study with a college, training provider, or at school.
  • Full time work or volunteering alongside part-time education or training
  • An apprenticeship

Your school should be your first point of contact for any questions or queries you might have about what the best option is for you.

You can also find out more about RPA on the Department for Education website (external link), including this handy RPA factsheet (PDF, 118KB), and an RPA mythbuster sheet (PDF, 103KB).

Here on Youth Space, you can find out about apprenticeships.

Or check out Target Careers UK - inspiring possibilities for school leavers.

Or contact our RPA advisor Paul Kirsarkye:

Choices at 16

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