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Raising the participation age (RPA) trials: phase 1 evaluation final report

This final report summarises the evaluation team's main findings and recommendations for trial areas and other local authorities.

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The Education and Skills Act 2008 legislated to raise the age of compulsory participation in education or training until at least 18 by 2015 and until the end of year in which young people turn 17 in 2013. Achieving full participation of young people in education or training until 18 will require all parts of the education system to play their part.

Isos Partnership were commissioned by the then DCSF in December 2009 to undertake an evaluation of the ‘Phase 1 raising the participation age’ (RPA) trials. The Isos evaluation team read the trial area plans and held short telephone conversations with each of the trial areas in early December to discuss their progress. They then undertook visits to each of the trial areas in the period from January to March 2010, before holding a workshop with trial areas at the end of March 2010 to pull together final recommendations.

This final report summarises the Isos evaluation team’s main findings and recommendations for trial areas, other local authorities and the department. It also reflects the areas’ own views about what is necessary to deliver RPA, their advice to other trial areas and local authorities, and implications for national policy for the department.