Raising the Participation Age (RPA) was brought in by the government in 2013 – the aim was to encourage you to stay in ‘education and training’ until you are 18 years.
This is not the same as the school leaving age – you don’t have to stay on at school – there are other options available.
If you or your parents/carers need any advice on the financial implications of this – contact Welfare Rights.
So, after Year 11 you will need to decide what you will do next.
Connexions Sandwell can help you make the right choice and support you with the next step.
These are your key options:
After Year 12 & 13 all the above options are still open to you.
You can also consider Higher Education – contact Connexions for support with this.