The 2008 Education and Skills Act included legislation to raise the age at which young people are required to stay in education or training in England to 17 years from 2013 and to their 18th birthday from 2015. To support the implementation of the legislation to raise the participation age (RPA), the Department for Education funded local authorities (LAs) to undertake trials and locally-led delivery projects (LLDPs) over 4 years, with the phase 4 projects forming the last phase of work.
An evaluation of the phase 4 LLDPs was commissioned to gather evidence on new activities and effective practice, as well as to assist LAs with planning and preparing for RPA.
The research was undertaken with specific regard to the changed economic, social, political, and LA context since the announcement of the RPA policy. It comprised an interim stage which included an online survey and telephone interviews with a sample of LAs involved in phase 4 projects, and a final stage encompassing 10 case studies and 2 master class workshops.
‘Top tips for local authorities implementing raising the participation age’ provides summaries of best practice, based on the research report.