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1 Raising the Participation Age
London Learning Visit, 30 March Andrew Ettinger Alice Lakeman

2 The final countdown… The first phase of RPA – full participation of all young people until the end of the academic year they turn 17 – is coming into force in summer This rises to their 18th birthday in summer 2015. It is therefore more important than ever that local authorities and their partners are preparing for this historic change.

3 To recap… The Education and Skills Act (2008) places a duty on all young people to participate in education or training until their 18th birthday. This does not necessarily mean staying in school. Young people will be able to choose how they participate, which could be through: Full-time education, such as school or college; an Apprenticeship; Part-time education or training if they are employed, self employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week. The recent Education Act (2011) amends the original legislation to allow for enforcement for RPA to be introduced at a later date.

4 How far do we have to go? Progress towards full participation (using DfE estimates, SFR)

5 The national picture CCIS, December 2011

6 But a wide variation between regions…
CCIS, December 2011

7 What does RPA mean for local authorities?
LAs will be required to: Promote the effective participation in education or training of all 16 and 17 year olds resident in their area; and Make arrangements to identify young people resident in their area who are not participating. These complement the existing duties to secure sufficient suitable education and training provision for all year olds and to encourage, enable and assist young people to participate, and the processes in place to deliver the ‘September Guarantee’ and to track young people’s participation.

8 And you’ll be supported by your partners…
There are duties on learning providers to: Promote good attendance of 16 and 17 year olds; and To notify their local authority when a young person leaves learning. There are duties on employers* to: Check young people have arrangements for attending training; and Agree reasonable hours or work so that young people can attend training. * Only where young people are employed for 20 hours or more per week and for at least 8 weeks in a row.

9 …and the Department New investment in participation: 40,000 incentives for small businesses to take on their first year old apprentice. Investing £126m over the next three years in a new programme of additional support for disengaged year olds as part of the Youth Contract. £4.5 million over the next two years to support the delivery of high quality work experience opportunities, helping to prepare for the new programmes of study. There will a fourth phase of the RPA locally-led delivery projects, running from April 2012-March 2013. Providing additional funding for disadvantaged pupils through the Pupil Premium to support increased attainment and prevent young people disengaging. We’re also currently consulting on the regulations that underpin RPA, and this is open until April 13th.

10 RPA – Locally-Led Delivery Projects
Some of the key areas of learning from the trials so far are: Risk of NEET Indicators – Helping to target support on those young people who are most likely not to participate post-16. Work pairings – Offering young people an intensive period of work experience and mentoring. Managed Moves Protocol – Supporting young people to move between options without dropping out of learning. Alternative Provision Catalogue – So that all services are aware of the different local options for young people. Converting Jobs Without Training into Apprenticeships.

11 The Isos RPA ‘building blocks’
Understanding the cohort Determining local priorities Managing transitions and tracking Establishing support mechanisms Identifying and meeting provision needs Communicating the RPA message

12 Over to you… The emphasis is on local solutions to local challenges. Today is a chance for you to share your experiences with each other, and to hear from those who have been working on RPA issues as part of the local projects.

13 Contact Details: Alice Lakeman - alice. lakeman@education. gsi. gov
Contact Details: Alice Lakeman - Andrew Ettinger -

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