Post-16 education and training (careers advice)

Duty to continue in education or training beyond 16

Under the 'Raising the Participation Age' legislation, from September 2015 all young people have a duty to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday.

This duty does not continue to the end of the academic year in which the young person turns 18, but they are encouraged to complete the education or training they are undertaking even if this extends beyond their 18th birthday.

This does not mean that a young person must stay on at school, however. The options available are:

Parents/Guardians or young people may be contacted by Surrey County Council asking about what they are currently doing as it is the duty of the local authority to track all young people's participation.

Please note that parents/guardians will not be prosecuted if their child does not participate full time.

English and Maths Requirements

Full time students starting a study programme who have not already achieved a GCSE grade 9-4 in English and maths must continue to work towards these. Those who have achieved a grade 3 (equivalent) must be enrolled on a GCSE qualification. Those who have not achieved GCSE grade 3 will be enrolled on to a functional skills qualification at an appropriate level or an alternative stepping stone qualification.

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