What are those students born after 1 September 1997 going to do after they get their GCSE results?
From now on, anyone born after 1 September 1997 and who lives in England can leave school at 16, but such students have to continue in some form of education or training until their 18th birthday.
These young people do not have to stay at school – although of course that is an option – but can instead go into an apprenticeship or traineeship, or go into employment plus part time education or training.
There is also the option of taking on 20 hours a week volunteer work and going into part time education or training.
The rules for the rest of the UK are different, and I set those out below, but first, let’s round off the situation for students living in England.
In England, students can then apply for a 16-19 Bursary Fund to help with education costs, but beyond that availability there has been little commentary on how this policy – essentially a left-over of the Blair years commitment to “education, education, education” – has affected schools and colleges.
But there is no doubt that although the number of students in apprenticeships has increased, so has the number of students staying on at school or going to college
This has added an extra importance to GCSE results this year for those students who might or might not want to go on to A levels.
The results come out on Thursday 21 August this year, and, if you have materials, products or services that can help students who are getting their results this year and who are therefore caught up in the new regulations, it is going to be a good time to email or write to schools.
You can email the heads, deputy heads, heads of careers and heads of sixth form via our personal email lists (details are on http://www.emails.gs/Secondarynamedlist.html). If you do this in August (when the teachers are in school processing the results and advising young people and their parents), the cost is half price the normal email cost. (Do call 01536 399 000 if you want to know more.)
You can also email the head of year 11 via our generic email list for just £149 with Hamilton House undertaking the mailing. Or you can buy the list of generic addresses for just £49.95 and do the emailing yourself.
Meanwhile here is information about school leaving in the rest of the UK.
In Scotland, a student who turns turn 16 between 1 March and 30 September can leave school after 31 May of that year. A student who turns 16 between 1 October and the end of February can leave at the start of the Christmas holidays in that school year.
In Wales, students can leave school on the last Friday in June, as long as they are 16 by the end of that school year’s summer holidays.
In Northern Ireland, a student who turns 16 during the school year (between 1 September and 1 July) can leave school after 30 June. A student who turns 16 between 2 July and 31 August can’t leave school until 30 June the following year.
For more information on emailing or postal promotions to schools please email Chris@hamilton-house.com or call 01536 399 000.