Raising the Participation Age means students will be required to stay in education and training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18.

Raising the Participation Age is not ‘raising the school leaving age’ or about staying in school.

Students would have a choice on how they participate post-16.
They could:

  • Remain in full-time education, such as school, college or home education.
  • Choose work-based learning, such as an apprenticeship.
  • Be in part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.

The young people will be expected to take responsibility for their decisions and not their parents.

Click here to download a leaflet on Raising the Participation Age.

Other useful websites

Click here for information about apprenticeships

As part of Hertfordshire County Council, Youth Connexions offers a range of support services for young people aged 13-19. These include impartial and independent information, advice and guidance about education choices, careers and work opportunities.