You will have heard that the government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training (Raising the Participation Age or RPA). This is not the same as raising the school leaving age – young people do not have to stay in school but have a choice about what they do between the ages of 16 and 18 years.
Young people do need to continue in education or training but this could be full time study in school, college or even with a training provider. It could also be full time work or volunteering combined with education or training. Alternatively it could be as an apprentice.