Raising the Participation Age from September 2013 Raising the Participation Age (RPA) will come into effect for learners aged 16 to 19. This will mean from summer 2013 16 year olds in mainstream education will be required to participate in education until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17.
From summer 2015 all 17 year olds will be required to participate in education until the end of the academic year in which they turn the age of 18.
The Raising the Participation Age will be counted as and when learners engaging in one of the following:
Full-time work involving at least 280 hours of education
Full time education including A-Levels (Study Programme)
Raising the Participation Age Study Programme will consist of a minimum of 540 learning hours contain either an academic programme or a substantial vocational qualification, and consist of a mixture of qualification and non-qualification such as class and work-experience.
For all the non-qualification learning hours, learners are required, where and when appropriate to take part in work experience that is relevant to their course of study. Learners who have not achieved a GCSE Grade C in English and Maths at 16 will continue to complete these subjects by taking Functional Skills or similar provision to enable them to progress towards their GCSE achievement.
Those students who are not able to study an academic programme qualification or a substantial vocational qualification (eg if they have complex learning needs and/or disadvantage) are required to take a curriculum of work experience and also continue to develop their numeracy and literacy skills.
For the latest developments regarding the Raising the Participation Age Study Programme visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/a00210755/16-19-study-programmes
The latest information will be available on the Education Funding Agencies’ area of the Department for Education website: http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/executiveagencies/efa/a00210682/funding-formula-review
How SMARTT North East can help
SMARTT North East Ltd offer a diverse range of qualifications and awards which meet the requirements of the Study Programme and support other priorities facing the 16-19 market. SMARTT North East have a range of valuable vocational qualifications from a range of sectors, from Foundation Level and progressing to Level 3 and beyond.
Our qualifications offer progression into employment and higher level studies and include Functional Skills in English and Maths.
We also offer a number of alternative qualifications which can be delivered alongside the Study Programme qualifications to prepare learners for employment at the end of their training and support them with their work placement.
These qualifications include Level 1- Level 3 Wider Key Skills, Level 2 Award in Developing Skills for the Workplace, Entry Level 3, – Level 3 Awards and Certificates in Employability Skills, Entry Level 3 – Level 2 Awards and Certificates in Enterprise Skills, Level 1 – Level 3 Awards in Job Search and Interview Skills
This can be tailored to the learners needs and we offer more qualifications from Leadership, Management and Teaching qualifications
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