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Information for Parents/Carers: Raising Participation Age and Destination Measures

Raising Participation Age (RPA)

The minimum age at which young people in England can leave learning is being increased. From summer 2013, young people will be required to continue in education or training to the end of the academic year in which they turn 17, and from summer 2015 they will be required to stay until their 18th birthday. This does not mean young people will be required to stay in school. There will be three ways in which young people can participate post-16: full-time education in a school or college; an apprenticeship; part-time accredited learning if they are in full-time employment or volunteering.

Click here to access RPA factsheets on the Department for Education website.

Download the RPA facts for parents document.

Key Stage 4 and 16-18 Destination Measures

Education destination measures will be published by the Government for the first time in July 2012.  The measures will show the percentage of students progressing to further learning in a school, further education or 6th form college, apprenticeship or higher education institution.


The Government want to put more information into the public domain so that parents and students can make informed choices about the performance of schools and colleges in their area. 

The destination measures will provide clear and comparable information on the success of schools and colleges in helping all their students take qualifications that offer them the best opportunity to progress. 

They will also encourage institutions to make sure their students receive the support needed to prepare for and complete the transition on to a positive sustained destination. 

For more information go to the Department for Education website.