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Raising the Participation Age (RPA)

Changes in the law mean that this year, children in England will be required to stay in education or training until they are 17.

This is an interim step in government policy to have pupils continue in some form of education or training to the age of 18 which will take effect for school leavers from 2015.

The change will not mean that pupils will have to stay in the classroom but they will have to continue to receive training.

The changes have been introduced because the Government estimates that currently there are some 189,500 young people aged between 16 and 18 who are not in education, employment or training.