Children’s Commissioner calls for probe into ‘shameful’ rise in school leavers with few qualifications

According to Politics Home, researchers found that 98,799 students who left education at 18 last year – almost one in five – had failed to achieve five GCSEs at grades between A* to C.

The report published by the Children’s Commissioner revealed a 24% rise in the number of pupils without ‘level two’ attainment over the last three years – despite the numbers having fallen between 2005 and 2015.

The report said children were having their chances of finding apprenticeships or good jobs hampered despite more than £100,000 of public money being spent on their education over 14 years.

The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, said: “The Government must urgently investigate why the progress that has been made over recent years in closing the attainment gap has stalled and now going backwards, and commit itself to halving over the next five years the number of children failing to gain a Level two qualification by the age of 19.”

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