The Government has increased the age at which all young people are required to remain in some form of education to 18 years; this is known as Raising the Participation Age (RPA).  This is not about raising the school leaving age, our young people have a range of options as to how they can participate, they can:


-       Remain in full time education, such as school and college

-       Undertake work-based learning, such as an Apprenticeship

-       Work part time for more than 20 hours whilst undertaking part time education or training

At The Appleton School students in years  8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 are actively encouraged to plan for their future.  Some students may have already decided on their chosen path and know exactly what they want to do, however, some may still be undecided and need a little bit of extra help.

Within School students are given a wide range of education and information to support them which includes:-

- Completing a Careers module within PSHEE where they are given the opportunity to research careers and assess their own skills and qualities.

- Requesting a one to one interview with an independent careers advisor.

- Visiting the dedicated Careers Resource Area which is open every break and lunchtime so that students can use the internet and review paper based resources to carry out research as to their next steps.

- Attending presentations given by external speakers about different career/further education routes.


We also understand that generally parents are the first point of call for career development information which is why we regularly update parents/guardians via email with information on apprenticeships and university events and activities.  Parents/guardians will also be notified when students have their one to one guidance interviews so that they can help their child prepare.


During period 6 on a Wednesday we regularly hold careers talks and invite students from year 9 and above.  Colleges, universities, employers and training providers come into school to talk to interested students about their programmes of study or careers in their industry helping students to make a more informed decision about their option choices and career planning.    


We also hold a bi-annual Careers Fair for our students and their parents.  We regularly have a wide range of employers and educational establishments who come in to School to offer advice and guidance which help students and their parents to make a more informed decisions about their option choices and career planning.



Where can I find out more?

More information on RPA is available at:


The National Careers Service website makes it easy for both adults and young people to access information and advice about education, training and work. The website is at: Young people and parents can speak to an appropriately qualified adviser by contacting the helpline which is available seven days a week on 0800 100 900.