Participating in education or training beyond the age of 16 offers young people an opportunity to get qualifications that can significantly increase their prospects of future employment and earnings:
The Government has committed to increasing the number of places in education and training for 16-18 year olds as we prepare to raise the participation age to 18 by 2015. Local authorities have a duty to ensure that sufficient, suitable places are available to meet the reasonable needs of all young people, and to encourage them to participate. They also track young people’s progress as they move between different education and training opportunities.
DfE publishes statistics each year on the number and proportion of young people participating in different types of education and training. Local authorities, schools and colleges will want to use this data to assess their area’s performance against previous years and neighbouring localities. This, together with information about the needs of young people in their area, will help them to develop the best ways to support young people into education or training.
The information in this section has been written to help local areas to increase participation in education by those aged 16 and over. You can find out about supporting young people's transition to education and training at age 16, our commitment to raising the participation age, and support for young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).
Information and guidance for local authorities on the management information requirement for data from the Client Caseload Information system (CCIS).
General article 15 February 2011
Survey results from 2000 to 2009 showing the early pathways taken by young people beyond their compulsory education.
General article 06 January 2011
Details of the funding arrangements for 16 to 19 education and training announced by the Young People's Learning Agency.
News 20 December 2010
Schools Minister Nick Gibb addresses the Sixth Form College Forum, outlining how the freedoms afforded to sixth form colleges can be extended across the education sector.
Speech Nick Gibb, 24 June 2010
Request for feedback on two DfE publications; DfE: Participation in Education, Training and Employment by 16-18 Year Olds in England, and DfE: Level 2 and 3 Attainment by Young People in England Measured Using Matched Administrative Data: Attainment by Age 19 in 2010 (Provisional). This is part of a user consultation.
General article 10 August 2011