College & Post 16

Raising the Participation Age

RPA is a new measure that has been brought in by the Government. It means that all young people have to be in some form of learning or training until their 18th birthday. Previously, young people could leave school on completion of their GCSEs and go straight into work. Now they can still leave school after GCSEs, and they can still work, but the RPA means these young people will need to have some form of recognised learning as part of their post-school activity.

What are the options available after Year 11?

  • Stay in full-time education (e.g. school or college)
  • Take up work-based learning (e.g. an apprenticeship or traineeship)
  • Take up full-time work with additional part-time learning (at least 280 planned hours of education a year) which will result in an accredited qualification
  • Combine self-employment with part-time learning, leading to an accredited qualification
  • Volunteer (for 20+ hours) with the addition of part-time learning, leading to an accredited qualification

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Please see Firefly for more information on Year 11 progression choices.