Further and higher education

Raising of the participation age

All young people in England now have to remain in some form of education and training for at least another year after completing their secondary education as part of a policy known as the raising of the participation age (RPA). The requirement to remain in education or training is then being extended to age 18 from September 2015. This means young people who began their secondary education, ie year 7, in September 2009 or later will have to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday.

However, this change does not necessarily mean learners have to stay in school, young people will be able to choose from a number of different options to meet this new requirement:

  • full-time education (eg attending college or a school sixth form)
  • work-based learning (eg apprenticeships)
  • part-time education or training if employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week

UCAS Progress provides young people with a fully searchable prospectus of local post-16 learning and training opportunities. You can also use the school and college finder to identify post-16 learning institutions in Salford. The Salford Learning Partnership also provides information on learning locally, from Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) to adult learning.

Support for young people

It is important that all young people have access to the right levels of support needed to participate in appropriate post-16 education, employment or training. Salford City Council is committed to providing services and support to those young people most at risk of not participating in education, employment or training (NEET). These Salford's Integrated Youth Support Service and Connexions Salford, which is a targeted careers information, advice and guidance (IAG) service for young people aged 13 to 24.

The council has also implemented a common application process (CAP), which supports young people in year 11 to search and apply for their post-16 learning and training opportunities online.

16 to 19 transport policy

The Local Authority are required to publish a transport policy for learners of sixth form age within Salford and across boundaries, where applicable. The Salford City Council post 16 to 19 transport policy outlines the transport support available for students who are over compulsory school age but under 19, or who are on a course, which started before they reached 19.

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This page was last updated on 29 October 2013

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