Raising Of The Participation Age (Rpa)

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Internationally, the success of RPA suffered significantly as a result of pressures due to the cancellation of the General Educational Diploma which required young people to pass a series of high school tests in reading, writing, social studies, science and maths, the equivalent to GCSES. However the choices which remain available to young people, under RPA include full time education; work-based learning such as an apprenticeships; or full-time work or volunteering alongside part-time training that leads to an accredited qualification. Raising of the participation age was introduced to increase the opportunity for every young person to improve their life prospects and become economically active individuals. DFE statistics show that 11%
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