School leaving age should rise to ‘improve prospects’, report says

About 10% of 16 to 18-year-olds in Wales are not in work, education or training, according to the latest figures.

In Wales, children can leave school at the start of the summer term of the academic year they turn 16, but do not have to go on to further education or start training.

But in England, pupils have to study or train until they are 18, either going on to college or sixth form, an apprenticeship, or studying part-time while volunteering or working.

The think tank wants an extra £60m a year to fund an additional 30,000 adult learners by 2025, and an institute of technology to provide lifelong online and face-to-face training.