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ali831

84 months ago

What do you think about the legal of age to leave school in England being raised to 17?
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I have an 11 year old who went up to secondary school last week so he will be the first children to have to stay in school until 17. I knew the government were thinking about raising the age to 18 but that was the last i heard. The next thing i know the age is now 17 and i only knew about this by hearing it on the news. As a parent with a child that this affects i think it is disgusting that we havent had any formal notification either from the government or from the education authority. My children both intend to go to college so it wont be a problem but what does everyone else think??
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hannah16

  84 months ago
well i dont think the kids will be too pleased who have to stay there until they are 17, maybe its a good thing as they are going to be getting an extra year of education
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Celeste31

  84 months ago
That is a toughie, for some kids it will be a godsend, as it will give them the chance to think a bit more about what they want to do and hopefully gain some additional qualifications. However, for other kids, school really doesnt suit them and it puts off them being able to leave and get a job, which they might thrive in. In short, I think that the leaving age should have been left at 16, also it increases the burden on parents if there kids are in full time education for longer, when maybe they could be earning.
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Daisy_Do

  84 months ago
The government has also put a lot of training providers in jeopardy by reducing funding for 16+ because of raise of leaving age. The problem is that young people will still have the same problems, leave school at 14, get into trouble and have family issues and with no providers taking on these children where will they go? Government have not discussed leaving age with parents or education providers (outside school). Colleges will struggle with the need to help the children and lack of funding. More young people will be on the street bored and in gangs.
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Sulis_Minerva

  84 months ago
If kids are actually getting a beneficial education then I'm sure increasing the leaving age just means getting more education. For a lot of children that the system is failing, it's just one more year of skiving off school, being disinterested in what the teacher is trying to teach them (sorry, 'help them learn') and, if the school's really unlucky, disruptive and possibly violent behaviour.
I don't believe that changing the school leaving age will of itself benefit anybody (except whoever's responsible for keeping down the numbers of kids who're neither in education nor employment). The education system itself needs to be radically overhauled. Oh and maybe an attitude change from the parents of children who are happy to let their kds mouth off at and attack their educators.
If you're a child that isn't into the academic side of life and would just like to learn how a trade, that's another year wasted before you can actually become an apprentice/join the family trade. Oooh, don't get me started! ;-)
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martindoddles

  84 months ago
The curriculum is changing, but will it be ready in time or are schools oing to be full of disillusioned pupils and frantic teachers?
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glk1984

  84 months ago
The age will be increased to 18 for those who start secondary school in 2 or 3 years time the government have said. Forcing kids to stay in education will be beneficial. The gap between those who go to university and those who don't is increasing dramatically. Those who go to uni will stay on anyway, but those who don't can now use those extra two years to take part in the diplomas the government has brought out and learn some practical skills for working after leaving school.
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oliver22

  84 months ago
it seems a bit mean, although i dont think kids know what to do with their future at 16/17 and dont really appreciate the value of education at that age. how will that work with gscse's and a -levels
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cynthia1111

  84 months ago
I suppose it is alright in principal but I do wonder what they will be expected to do during that time, and upto leaving school the year after? All pupils will be taking their GCSEs the year before they leave school now and that is fine for the ones who have decided to stay on for A levels ,but I just wonder what the other children will do when they have decided that they do not want to take their education any further. Up to then some of the school leavers would have started apprentice ships for jobs and then started their training at the technical college for day release. it is a shame that these pupils will have to waste a year before taking up their career.
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nicolar2

  84 months ago
i think that is a great idea, if not raising it to 18. what 16 year ols actually knows what they want to do with the rest of their life at the age of 16? i certainly didnt, in fact i was quite lost and didnt decide what i wanted to do as a career for 10 years after i left school!! its really hard, and schools concentrate on education obviously but i think there should definately be more emphasis on what the young people can do when the leave school. give them more practical work based work maybe in their last year of school just to give them some sort of idea. it a big step moving from school to the world of work and there should definatly be more time or more support out there for these youngsters
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cumransect

  84 months ago
i think its good but kids who act like yobs fail at school and fail at life. aren't going to suddenly become useful members of society. with a extra year of forced schooling.
more education the betters what i say.
if only these chavs appreciated it abit more
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