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Staying in Education

until you're 18

All young people are now required to stay in education or training until they

are 18. This is to ensure that all young people have the same opportunities to

progress their learning.

A common misconception is that young people must remain in their current school

setting for two further years, following their GCSEs. This is not the case.

By offering young people the opportunity to remain in education until they are 18, they

are also offered choice - a choice to identify the best educational or training route to suit

their own skills so that they can achieve the best possible outcome.

This includes training such as Apprenticeships, Traineeships or Vocational Courses (such as

BTECs). Apprenticeships and Vocational Courses also offer young people the opportunity

to progress to university or to successfully start their career.


If you are a full time student on a study programme and have not yet achieved

English or maths at grade A* - C, you will undertake English and maths as part of

your programme. You may study on a GCSE programme or on Functional Skills.

You will study at a level that builds on your previous achievements in English and

maths to further develop your skills.

English and Maths

Making the RIGHT Choice