10 charts on what happens after GCSEs

This year’s exam results season has been like no other, but for the hundreds of thousands of students receiving their GCSE results, they will still have to decide what to do next.

So how has post-16 education changed over the years?

1. The number in full-time education has more than doubled
Until recently, students could head into work immediately after completing their GCSEs.

However, changes introduced by the previous Labour government mean that since 2015, everyone must take part in some form of training or education until they are 18 – the first change to the school leaving age since 1972.

Despite this, thousands still go straight into employment or avoid education and training, as there is no mechanism for the government to enforce the policy.

Author: Ben Butcher

Source: BBC News

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