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Raising Participation Age (RPA)

 

The Raising of the Participation Age in Bedford Borough

Introduction and National context:

 

The ‘Raising of the Participation Age’ (RPA) was written into the Education and Skills Act 2008, intending that the minimum age at which young people in England can leave learning should become 18. This is being implemented in two phases. As of September 2013, young people are required to continue in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. From 2015, they will be required to continue until their 18th birthday.

 

In order to ensure that young people are not criminalised through the introduction of RPA, the Education Act 2011 has decided not to implement the enforcement process against young people and their parents that was detailed by the previous administration, and this will now be introduced only if and when necessary. The responsibility for participation is on the young person.

 

Raising the Participation Age does not necessarily mean young people must stay in school beyond the age of 16; they will 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 per week.

 

Further information can be found in these leaflets.

RPA leaflet for Employers

RPA leaflet for Governors

RPA leaflet for Parents

RPA leaflet for Schools

RPA leaflet for Students

 

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