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Staying in education until 18

Did you know that young people must continue in education or training until their 18th birthday?  This is called raising the participation age.

Staying in education doesn’t have to mean staying at school.  There are other options available to young people:
  • Going to a Further Education college or school sixth form
  • Starting an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Combining part-time study with working and volunteering (part-time study should be more than 280 hours per year)
There are no fines or punishments if young people are not in education, employment or training. The local authority will however make regular checks and get in touch to ensure they are getting the free education and training they are entitled to.