Before we all hop on to the outrage bus, it should be clarified that 'education' doesn't equate to 'school'.
Kids won't be forced to stay in school. Instead they'll actually have to go and do something practical with whatever academic qualifications they achieved. For some that could be going to college for more academic stuff, for others it could be getting on-the-job qualifications as a builder/carpenter/electrician/basket weaver, and for some it will be to go to Harrogate or Winchester.
I think it's a good thing. Now little Johnny who failed all his GCSEs for being a disrespectful chav mong will actually have to go and get a qualification(s) in something practical to stop him being a further waste of state resources.
The only danger is if the lowest acceptable form of post-GCSE education really is basket weaving.
Getting company's to employ someone and then get them released or do on the job NVQ or other training is proving to be imposable.
Even giving employers incentives to take on apprentices is not going well so as with the 14-16 who schools have kicked out it's of to college with you my lad. Oh and buy the way we arenât going to pay most of you for going either.
Being a governor at our FE College these are problems, sorry challenges we face every year.