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School Leaving

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how his Department plans to assess the four building blocks he has set out for raising the participation age. (169158)

In his speech to the Fabian Society on 5 November, my right hon. Friend described four building blocks that must be in place before we can successfully raise the participation age. These are: curriculum and qualifications reform; advice and guidance to help all young people make the right choices; financial support; and employer engagement to provide the right training and apprenticeships. We have set out our plans to implement these reforms and will keep them under review in the run up to the increase in the participation age in 2013.