Compulsory school leaving age is the age at which a child can leave full-time education. In England and Wales children can leave school at the end of the academic year in which they turn 16 but have to remain in education, apprenticeship or training until they are 18 years old.
The national curriculum sets out what subjects are taught and what standards childen should reach. It is used by schools to ensure all children have the opportunity to learn the same things. Some types of school such as academies or private schools do not have to follow the national curriculum.
Academies are funded by central government rather than the local authority. They are run by an academy trust which makes decisions about how the school will run. Academies can set their own pay and conditions and decide on the length of the school day for example. Academies can also opt out of the national curriculum….
A free school is a school set up by an organisation or a group of individuals. Free schools are funded by the government but not controlled by the local authority so have more control over how they are run. They can set their own pay and conditions for staff for example or set their own…