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Raising the participation age

Members will be aware that pupils who completed Year 11 in 2014 are required to remain in education, employment or training until they reach 18. The DfE published statutory guidance for local authorities in September 2014. This is of significance to schools as it provides a summary of the interaction schools can expect in relation to their 16 year olds. It is therefore not an issue that only affects schools with post-16 provision.

LAs are expected to be proactive. As we move towards the introduction of destination data as a performance indicator, the effectiveness of LAs will have a significant impact on this data. Schools therefore need to know what they can expect of their LAs. NAHT will be interested to learn of those not discharging these responsibilities.

These expectations are outlined in paragraphs 23 to 27. They include collecting and recording information about young people at regular intervals and having procedures in place to do so regularly which involve agreements with schools about how this will be done; working with schools to identify those not participating or at risk of not doing so; providing services for this category; ensuring, via the 'September guarantee’, that all young people receive their entitlement of an education or training place.

Specific duties given to schools include promoting good attendance; informing local authorities when young people 'drop out'; securing independent careers’ guidance for those in years eight to 13 and ensuring those with education and health care plans have transitional arrangements built into the annual review.

With regard to promoting good attendance, NAHT is interested to explore how local authorities will support them in this given the cut backs in educational welfare services. This area will be an agenda item at NAHT's next secondary committee meeting.

The guidance may be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/participation-of-young-people-education-employment-and-training.



Page Published: 15/10/2014