Schools, education and childcare Training and education for 16 to 18-year-olds

Finding the right fit

The law requires all young people in England to continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday, even if they work. 

This doesn’t mean they have to stay on at school. They can leave on the last Friday in June if they will be 16 by the end of the summer holidays. They must then do one of the following until they are 18:

Benefits of staying in education

Evidence shows that staying in education longer can increase a young person’s choices later in life. Not only are they more likely to get a job and earn more over their lifetimes, they are also less likely to suffer from health and social problems.

Post-16 Pathway Partnership Mission Statement

Working in partnership with Manchester City Council, Manchester’s Post-16 education and training providers ensure that there are consistently strong academic, technical, training and engagement pathways in high-quality settings across Manchester that provide for our young people, meeting the socio-economic needs of the city.

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