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In 2009 the Labour Government made the decision to raise the education leaving age for young people from 16 to 17 in 2013 and 18 in 2015. The aim is to ensure that every young person up to the leaving age participates in education or training even if employed.
Further information on Raising the Participation Age can be found on the DFE website:
The current Government is continuing with this strategy. A consultation has been carried out on certain operational issues related to RPA. The DFE response to the consultation can be accessed here:
DFE Final Statutory Guidance can be viewed here:
Development work is being implemented in a phased way with Phase 4 having commenced in April 2012. Certain Local Authorities have been acting as trial areas including Hertfordshire. Phase 4 widened involvement to more Local Authorities in England.
In Hertfordshire the strategy is being managed by the 14-19 Strategy and Commissioning Team. Operational issues are discussed at the Raising the Participation Age Project Board.
The Project Board members are as follows:
Phase 4 Project Plan
Phase 3 Project Plan
Phase 2 Project Plan
A Hertfordshire strategy for those who are not currently in employment, education or training is currently being developed.
You may find this presentation to Heads of Hertfordshire 6th Forms a useful introduction to RPA in the context of Hertfordshire.
Information about the Phase 4 trial areas can be found on the DFE website:
SEND Pathfinder and RPA - Young Person's Preparing for Adulthood Transition Plan 14+ (April 2013)
Hertfordshire has adopted a multi agency approach to transition planning to ensure that the process is a more consistent, person centred and holistic experience for young people and their families. The Learning for Living and Work Framework (LfLW) was introduced and endorsed by Justin Donovan, Chief Education Officer, as the Hertfordshire Transition Plan for all young people with a statement of SEND in September 2011.
However, the Department for Education, SEND Support and Aspirations Green Paper put forward proposals for a Single 0-25 Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) to replace the statement and Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) (Section 139A). They have asked a number of local authorities to test out how this might be taken forward. Hertfordshire is a pathfinder site for Preparing for Adulthood and the Raising Participation Age Work strands to test out these proposals.
The LfLW Framework has been evaluated and revised to align with these proposals and the revised Preparing for Adulthood (PFA) Plan brings together information from a variety of sources about future support needs so that planning can take place to enable a positive transition into young adult life.
The structure of the PFA 14+ Plan is made up of separate sections and appendices that facilitate a single, consistent, multi agency process of 14+ transition planning (currently the LDA (S139A) is an integral part of this process). It is important to recognise that, while the process in the plan is recorded in a linear fashion, the young person will be exploring options through a process of impartial information, advice, guidance and transition planning from Year 9 until they leave school. Section A will be developed over this time.
The plan is in five sections and only the section applicable to a particular role and the young person’s needs is completed. The completed section will then be co-ordinated by the Youth Connexions Personal Advisor linked to the young person.
The plan can be found here:
Further RPA resources are available on the Knowledge Hub of the Local Government Association.
Once registered you should join the Raising the Participation Age Group.
The new KS4 and KS5 Education Destination Measures have now been published and are available as a Statistical First Release. Further information can be found in this document:
A Question and Answer brief is available here:
This is a useful case study on how an Enterprise day can help students focus on their future study/employment choices.
Stephanie says, “I would not have taken up Business Studies if we had not had the enterprise day from Wenta. I am really grateful and really enjoy this subject area. Hopefully one day I will be running my own business”.
Further case studies on the enterprise theme can be found below:
Wenta Case Study 1 - Birchwood
Wenta Case Study 2 - Birchwood
Wenta Case Study 3 - Birchwood
For further information about enterprise for young people please contact Sharon Gaffney at WENTA on 01923 691 364. Email: SharonGaffney@wenta.co.uk
UCAS Search - 14-19 Courses
14-16 Alternative Provision
Hertschoices - for IAG resources
Channel Mogo - for young people in Hertfordshire
National Apprenticeship Service - for apprenticeship information and vacancies
Department for Education website - for information on participation.
Other useful DFE website pages
City & Guilds have carried out a study of young people’s views around education and employment. There are some interesting messages emerging from the report which can be viewed here: