Approved education and training means arrangements made by the Government under the Employment & Training Act 1973 or equivalent legislation in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Approved education must be full-time (more than an average of 12 hours’ supervised study a week during term time) and can include:
- A levels or similar, eg the International Baccalaureate
- Scottish Highers
- NVQ up to level 3.
Courses are not approved if they’re an advanced course, eg a BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma, a higher education course like a university degree.
The child must be accepted onto the course before their 19th birthday.
Training is approved if it’s unpaid and includes for example:
- Foundation Learning Programmes
- Get Ready for Work
- Training for Success: Professional and Technical Training
- Pathways for Success: Pathways for Young People.