Duty to remain in post-16 education and training

All young people are under a duty to continue participating in education or training until at least their 18th birthday. This applies to all young people born on or after 1 September 1997.

Participation can include:

  • Full time study in a school, college or training provider
  • Full-time work or volunteering (20 hours or more) combined with part-time education or training leading to relevant, regulated qualifications
  • An apprenticeship, traineeship or supported internship.

Local authorities are subject to duties to support all young people to participate. The Education and Skills Act places additional responsibilities on local authorities to promote the participation of all 16 to 18 year old residents and make arrangements to identify those young people who are at risk of not participating.

These complement the existing duties to secure sufficient and suitable education and training provision for all 16 to 19 year olds (and up to 25 for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and to encourage, enable and assist them to take part.

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