Things you need to know

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Things you need to know

What will the new GCSEs look like?

GCSEs are being reformed with a new number grading system replacing the letter grading system. Grades 9 to 1 will replace the current A*-G with 9 being the highest grade. More about GCSE reforms at gov.uk.

What will happen if my child does not participate full time?

Parents/guardians will not be prosecuted if their child does not participate full time. You or your child may be contacted by Surrey County Council asking about what they are currently doing as it is the duty of the local authority to track all young people's participation. For those young people who are not participating, Surrey's Youth Support Service offer support to enable them to re-engage and find a suitable  opportunity to help them progress. If your child is not participating and would like the support of the Youth Support Service you can contact them on 01483 519333.

Can I still claim child benefit/child tax credits?

It is possible to claim child benefit for a young person after their 16th birthday if they continue in full-time approved education or training. This includes traineeships but not apprenticeships. The Child Benefit Office must be informed otherwise payments will stop on 31 August after the young person's sixteenth birthday. For full details see child benefits after 16 at gov.uk. Similarly it is possible to claim child benefit for a young person after they turn sixteen if they continue in full-time approved education or training. This includes traineeships but not apprenticeships. The Tax Credit Office must be informed otherwise payments will stop on 31 August after the young person's sixteenth birthday. For full details see Child Tax Credit when your child reaches 16.

What if my child wants to change course or start a new course when they turn 17?

Students wanting to change courses after their first year or those starting a two year course when they turn 17 may find it difficult to get a place on a new course. This is because there is less funding available for young people over 18 years old on a study programme.

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