Rise in school leaving age won’t work unless careers advice improves

According to a new report from The Work Foundation, ‘Staying Power: Making the raising of the participation age a policy success,’ the government’s increase in the age at which young people can leave education to 18 will fail unless careers advice and financial assistance is provided.

The policy is not legally enforced and many of the financial incentives to stay in school have been taken away, such as Educational Maintenance Allowance.

The report’s recommends improving the quality of options available post-16, improving careers advice, insuring face-to-face advice is made available and introducing Youth Transition Partnerships to support young people’s transition into the workplace.