Raising the Participation Age
With Raising the Participation Age (RPA) coming into effect from 2013, the government is carrying out activity to inform parents of the changes.
With current Year 10 students continuing in education or training until at least the end of the year that they become age 17 and current Year 9 students until their 18th birthday, parents will undoubtedly have questions about how schools will support students to plan for additional years in compulsory education or training.
Good quality careers information, advice and guidance must be at the centre of this support.
In its latest guidance for parents on RPA, the Department for Education states,
“Making choices about education and training can be a challenge, so your child will receive support to help them choose well.
Your child will receive careers advice and guidance from many people including their subject teachers, careers co-ordinators or careers advisers. This will help them to think through their ideas and weigh up the pros and cons of different options.”
CASCAiD programs provide excellent support to help schools offer quality, effective information, advice and guidance on learning and training options.
Launchpad introduces future planning from Key Stage 3, while our new program, Kudos Inspire, developed in partnership with the Inspiring Futures Foundation, includes specific support to help students choose post-16 subjects.
Careerscape includes advice and support on the full range of education and training options, including Apprenticeships, and provides a great resource to enable students to explore the full range of options available to them at age 16.
Equipping students with high quality resources which cover a broad spectrum of post-16 options helps schools to ensure that each young person has the opportunity to assess different options.
By offering support and guidance which enables students to develop an awareness of their own strengths and interests in relation to different education, training and employment options, schools can reassure parents that their children are being well prepared for the additional years in compulsory education or training.
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