14 to 19 education, employment and skills

Raising the participation age

Helping you stay in education or training

The government has raised the age for all young people in England to stay in education or training and now you must continue at least until you turn 18.

What this change means for you

Raising the participation age doesn’t mean you have to stay in school – you’ll be able to choose one of the following options after you turn 16:

  • full-time education - school, college or home education
  • an apprenticeship
  • part-time education or training if you’re employed, self-employed or volunteering full-time (defined as 20 hours or more a week)

Early intervention and support

In London Borough of Sutton through the Targeted Youth Education Team, we offer early intervention support to those young people from 14-16 years old who may be at risk of dropping out of education or not progressing into a positive post 16 destination.

This proven intervention model has meant we have improved our figures significantly for the number of young people not in education, employment or training and continue to strive to do so.

Further support 

If you feel you or your child needs support, please contact:

  • Your school or 
  • The Quad on 020 8770 5754