What is RPA?

What is Raising the participation age (RPA)?

_MG_8388_2The age to which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training has been increased.


This change has been introduced in 2 stages:

  • Students who left year 11 in summer 2013 had to continue in education or training for at least another year until June 2014.
  • Students who left year 11 in summer 2014 or later have to continue until at least their 18th birthday.


This does not mean young people must stay in school. They will able to choose from:

  • Full-time education (eg at a school or college)
  • An apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Part-time education or training combined with one of the following:
    - employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
    - volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

Staff / advisors

  • Mr I Baird
    Assistant Headteacher. PSHCE and CEIAG line manager.…
  • Karen Hodgson
    Karen is in school for four days a…
  • Miss A Hart
    Teacher of Computing Providing a support network…
  • Mrs C Towers
    Responsible for content management and maintenance of beyond.siddalmoor.uk…

Resources and Tools

The ‘Resources’ section has all you need to start your career choice research, write a personal statement, CV and covering letter.

It is recommended that students begin their research on their future career choices and the pathways needed to reach their career goal, prior to meeting with their independent Careers Adviser in Years 10 and 11.


  • What is CEIAG?
    Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programmes make a major contribution in preparing young people for opportunities, responsibilities and…
  • Where Next?
    A Levels, BTEC Courses, Vocational Qualifications, Apprenticeships. The choices available and decisions you will need to make towards the end…
  • Siddal Moor CEIAG
    Siddal Moor and Positive Steps Partnership. Siddal Moor has a qualified careers adviser who is  based in school in room CF05.…

Getting Started

icon1Personal Statements
Everything you need to know about writing a personal statement and examples of personal statements.
icon2CV and Cover Letter Writing
Everything you need to know about producing a high quality CV and letter and examples.
icon3Interview Preparation
Everything you need to know about preparing for an interview and techniques to use.