Raising Participation Age (RPA)
It is now Government Policy that all young people will be expected to continue in education or training.
This is called raising the Participation Age (RPA)
What does this mean?
Young people who complete Year 11 in 2013 must continue in some form of learning until at least the end of the school year in which they turn 17 (Year 12).
Young people who complete Year 11 in or after 2014 will continue learning until at least their 18 Birthday (Year 12, Year 13).
This does not mean young people must stay on at school. They will be able to choose from one of the following:
Full time education: school sixth form or college
- Full time education: school sixth form or college
- Foundation Learning offered at local training providers
- Part-time education or training if a young person is employed, self-employed or volunteering full- time (defined as 20 hours or more a week)
For more information visit www.education.gov.uk
Who can help?
Careers Guidance Service
Haywood Academy has a Careers Advice and Guidance Team who are employed by Stoke on Trent City Council. The Careers Advisers offer an unbiased careers advice and guidance service for young people in Year 9 – Year 11. They help students to think through their ideas and weigh up the pros and cons of different options.
Careers Advisers based at Haywood Academy are:
Alternatively you can contact them on the school number 853535 or Stoke on Trent Career Guidance Team on 237747
Further information about options available, career profiles and tools to help young people can be found on:
KMF Young Engineer Website
Financial Support – Bursary Fund
The 16-19 Bursary Fund helps 16- to 19-year-olds continue in education, where they might otherwise struggle for financial reasons. The bursary made up of two parts
- A guaranteed bursary of £1200 (2012 figure – may be subject to change).This group is made up of children in care, care leavers and those young people claiming income support.
- Schools and colleges can distribute the rest of the money to support any student who faces genuine financial barriers to participation such as costs of transport, food or equipment. They will have the freedom to decide the scale of the bursaries; to pay weekly, monthly, or annually; and link it to behaviour or attendance.
For more information contact the college/learning provider direct for details of their bursary scheme.
We offer a wide range of services and links to support our students’ progression into further education and full time work.
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Download more information
Click on the links below for more information about your options.
National Careers Service
Stoke-on-Trent 6th Form College