Raising Participation Age
Duty to continue in education or training beyond 16
Under the Raising the Participation Age legislation, from September 2015 all young people have a duty to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday. This duty does not continue to the end of the academic year in which the young person turns 18 however they are encouraged to complete the education or training they are undertaking even if this extends beyond their 18th birthday.
This does not mean that a young person must stay on at school however. The options available are:
- full-time education (known as a study programme) at a college, school or with a training provider
- an apprenticeship, traineeship or supported internship
- full-time employment or volunteering (of 20 hours or more per week) combined with accredited part-time education or training.
Please note that parents/guardians will not be prosecuted if their child does not participate full time.
Where can I get help if I'm not participating?
Parents/Guardians or young people 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.
English and Maths Requirements
Full time students starting a study programme who have not already achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (new GCSE grade 9 to 4) in English and maths must continue to work towards these. Those who have achieved a grade D (equivalent) must be enrolled on a GCSE qualification. Those who have not achieved GCSE grade D will be enrolled on to a functional skills qualification at an appropriate level or an alternative stepping stone qualification.