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School Leaving

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to raise the education and training leaving age to (a) 17 and (b) 18 years; and if he will make a statement. (253199)

Our intention is that from 2013 all young people will participate in some form of education or training post-16. We plan to raise the participation age in two stages: to 17 in 2013 and to 18 in 2015. The first cohort to benefit from these changes began year 7 in September 2008.