Information on the RPA trials and implementation plans, including research, evaluation, statutory guidance and advice for schools.
More general information for schools, parents and pupils is available on the school leaving age area of this website.
Local authorities tested different approaches to increasing participation and preparing for RPA between 2009 and 2013. The RPA tools developed from these trials to showcase best practice can be found on the National Archives.
In early 2012, we consulted on what the RPA regulations should be, and published the government response to the findings. These were incorporated into the statutory guidance.
Research reports published in the last 5 years are available on GOV.UK. You can find our archived research on the National Archives. Note: the search function is not available on archived content so please use the filters on the left of each page.