Raising the age of participation in education or training to 18 in Wales

Matt Dickson, Sue Maguire

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Abstract

In England, the compulsory age of participation in education or training was raised to 17 in 2013 and then 18 in 2015. In Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, the school leaving age is 16. The idea of raising the age of participation in education or training is gaining traction in the Scottish context, as well as in Wales. The Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP) conducted research for the Welsh Government to explore the implications of pursuing this policy in Wales. The research considered how RPA might interact with ongoing reforms to school age and post-16 provision in Wales, and explored alternative policies which concentrate on reducing early school leaving, as opposed to policies that legally require young people to remain in learning for longer periods of time.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationWales Centre for Public Policy Policy Briefing
PublisherWales Centre for Public Policy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

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