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The education system in the UK is divided into five stages, the early years (which is non-compulsary for children from birth to 5 years old), primary education (5 to 11 years old), secondary education (11-16 years old which is the end of compulsory education), further education, and higher education.

The education system in the UK is also split into "key stages" as follows:

  • Key Stage 1: 5 to 7 years old
  • Key Stage 2: 7 to 11 years old
  • Key Stage 3: 11 to 14 years old
  • Key Stage 4: 14 to 16 years old

Please find further information and guidance in the sections below:

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  Children and young people with SEND

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  Applying for a place: School admissions

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Tax free childcare and 'out of school clubs'

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Post-16 options

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