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Did you know that young people in England who completed Year 11 in or after 2014 now need to remain in learning or training until they are 18?

The changes brought about by the Raising the Participation Age policy will affect the educational experience of many 14-19 year olds (and young people with high needs up to age 25) and also the obligations of education and training providers.

Schools, sixth forms, colleges and training providers are responsible for attracting and retaining a new cohort of students and communicating with the local authority who monitors engagement against standards set by the Department for Education. Local authorities must make sure that suitable education and training provision is on offer and support young people to participate.

If you work in the formal education sector or more widely, you’ll be looking at ways to extend and adapt your offer for this age group. Arts Award can support you by encouraging young people to remain in education and training for longer, and enjoy it even more! Read on to find out how.

Further education tutors can find specific information on how Arts Award can complement study programmes and support extra-curricular activities via our leaflet and webpages for the further education sector.


Arts Award can engage hard to reach learners

Do you work with young people who face challenges in their lives that have an impact on their ability to learn? Arts Award can engage, motivate, give confidence and provide a stepping stone to other qualifications or education opportunities. Find out more...


Arts Award can help to build maths and English skills

All post-16 students have to work towards a Maths and/or English Level 2 qualification if they have not yet achieved this level. Arts Award can be used to embed Maths and English through fun and engaging creative activities. Find out more...


Arts Award provides real and meaningful careers guidance

Schools and colleges are required to provide all students in Years 7 -11with independent advice and guidance (IAG) to inform future career choices. As part of this, teachers may be asked to provide information and advice on 14-19 pathways. Arts Award guides young people through the range of employment and training options in the creative industries and provides real life opportunities to meet and work with professionals, enabling purposeful links with employers. Find out more...


Arts Award supports work experience and can help source placements

All 16 -19 year olds are expected to undertake work experience during their course of study. Supported internships in the work place have also been introduced for students with high needs up to the age of 25. Arts Award recognises work experience commitment and provides a structure for a real and simulated models. Find out more...


Arts Award develops enterprise skills

Enterprise skills are a priority within post-16 study programmes and embedded approaches are encouraged. Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award can support young people to develop enterprise projects and generate an income from their work. Find out more...


Arts Award works for students with specific individual requirements

The RPA policy applies to high needs young people until they are aged 25. Professionals working with this group of students value Arts Award’s flexibility and celebration of the individual. Find out more...

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