Surrey has a statutory duty to make provision of education available for all children from age five to sixteen. In relation to 16-18 year-olds, Raising of the Participation Age legislation requires the local authority to ensure that there is sufficient provision to allow for all young people to participate in education, training or employment and to actively encourage young people to do so, although there are no penalties for either young people or their parents/carers if they opt to remain inactive.
Surrey County Council's approach to education and skills is to stimulate provision across Surrey, with a particular focus on:
- Sufficiency of statutory school age and post-16 places
- Provision for young people requiring alternative learning settings
- Provision for children and young people with SEND, in mainstream settings wherever possible
The key objective is to raise achievement by offering young people greater flexibility and choice in their programme of study from the age of 14 onwards.