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IN SCHOOL 11-16

School is a huge part of your life between the ages of 11 and 16. During this time you are in what is known as the secondary school system and are taught a range of subjects such as English, Maths, Science, Art, History and Languages.

From the ages of 5 through to 16, it is the law that children and young people receive full time education.

Your parents are responsible for making sure you receive this full-time education suitable for your age and ability. If you have special educational needs you should receive support to help your learning.

Some young people are educated at home or have private tutors and this is usually with the knowledge of the Local Education Authority (LEA) with the parents ensuring that the education is of the same or higher standard that the young person would receive in school.

Most young people will be offered a choice of national qualification between 11 and 16, including GCSE’s (General Certificate of Secondary Education), First Diplomas and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and the Welsh Baccalaureate.

GCSE is the most popular qualification to study and GCSE’s are offered in a range of subjects depending on the school you attend and your interests.

This section looks at some of the main things that you need to know and might affect you while you are in school.

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