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Number of pupils staying in school after 16 drops
The numbers of teenagers staying in school after age 16 has fallen for the first time in a decade, according to government figures.
At the same time, the proportion of 16- to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training ("neet") has risen by 8%. The statistics show that 70.5% of youngsters in this age group were in full-time education in 2011, compared with 70.6% in 2010, a fall of almost 32,000 students.
It is the first time the numbers have dropped since 2001, and comes amid a move to raise the school leaving age. From next year, pupils will have to wait until they are 17 before leaving education and training. In 2015, this will be raised to 18.