Archive: School Leaving Age

School-leavers forced back into training

Recession forces school-leavers to follow govt agenda

School-leavers facing a tough jobs market are being forced to accept the government's skills agenda by staying on as students, as dissatisfaction about their suitability for employment grows.

Opinion Former Articles

  • ESRC: Raising the school leaving – while learning from another age

    In April 1947 the post-war Labour Government raised the school leaving age from 14 to 15 and paved the way for a further increase to 16 in 1972. Now, 65 years later, as the UK prepares to raise the 'education participation age' to 17 in 2013 and to 18 in 2015, new research reveals that the transitions of 1947 and 1972 met with more controversy and difficulty than previously thought.

  • IET: Apprenticeships are a great option for school leavers

    The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) is urging young people receiving their GCSE results to consider a variety of routes into well paid professional careers, including apprenticeships as an excellent path towards being an engineer.

  • NUT: 61% of parents oppose scrapping coursework

    Commenting on today’s reports in the media about proposed reforms to GCSEs, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

  • NASUWT on University Technical Colleges (UCT's) announcement

    Commenting on the announcement today of a new wave of specialist University Technical Colleges (UTCs), Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:

  • Queen's Speech: Education

    Queen's Speech 2008: Education

    "Improved local [education] services for children and parents" will be introduced by the government in the next term, according to the Queen's speech.

  • School leaving age raised

    School leaving age raised

    The age at which teenagers remain in compulsory education or training will be increased from 16 to 18 over the next seven years, starting this week.

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