Children who started secondary school in September 2008 will have to stay in education until they are 17. Children who started secondary school this September will have to stay in education until they are 18.
This will not be a big difference for us here at Notre Dame as over 60% of the students who study with us from Y7 to Y11 stay on to study at our 6th form. The majority of our other students go on to study at a college or another 6th form after Y11.
The government are also planning to make sure that there are work based courses, such as apprenticeships, available for young people once they reach the age of 16.
The changes we are making to our curriculum will mean that we can offer an even wider range of choices than we do now in our 6th from. We are doing this so that our young people, who will all have to remain in education after 16, can find appropriate progression within our Catholic Christian school.