All young people are must continue in education or training until they are at least 18 years of age.
This means that your son/daughter should be making plans for at least two years of further education and/or training after Year 11.
Their 16-18 options are:
- Full-time study in a school sixth form, a further education college, a sixth form college or with a training provider
- An apprenticeship or traineeship with an employer
- Full-time employment or volunteering combined with part-time education or training
To improve their future prospects:
- All 16-18 year olds work for qualifications whether in further education or on an apprenticeship.
- If your son/daughter achieves below grade 4 in English and/or maths at GCSE they will need to continue with these subjects whether they are on a full time course at college or sixth form or on an apprenticeship.
- GCSE subjects are now graded using the new grades of 9-1 with a grade 9 being the highest grade. Find out more about the new grades and changes to GCSEs on the The Ofqual blog