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What do you need to think about before finishing Year 11?

What are my options?

Raising the Participation Age (RPA) – Information for young people

What is RPA?  

The Government has changed the law so that from start of the 2013/14 academic year, all young people are required to continue in education or training: 

• Until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17.

• From summer 2015 this will be until their 18th birthday.

it is important that you spend a bit of time thinking through all of your options.  Even if you don’t feel like carrying on with your learning or study right now, it will help your job chances in the future if you gain more qualifications or experience (voluntary or paid).  You can look at alternative ways of doing this if you don’t think that the classroom environment is right for you. ).

You can....

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  • Get more qualifications

  • Get a job

  • Get an apprenticeship

  • I want to get more qualifications. What courses or training programmes should I choose?

  • What if I don't get any qualifications by the time I officially leave school, or I do really poorly in my GCSEs?

  • Where should I study after year 11?

  • Can I afford to study after Year 11?

  • What else do you need to think about?

  • Where do I find out more?

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