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Leaving age

The Education and Skills Act (2008) places a duty on all young people to participate in education or training until their 18th birthday.

From the summer of 2015

  • Young people will have to continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday.

They don't have to stay at school, they may:

  • Continue in full-time education in another school, college or home education.
  • Take an apprenticeship or a job with regular training.
  • Take a part-time education or training course if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours per week.

There is more information on the Department for Education's website.

For information on choices available post 16 visit the Wiltshire Choices website.

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Last updated: 30 August 2017 | Last reviewed: 30 August 2017