Jonathan Dimbleby hosts a debate about the school leaving age – were Mike Tomlinson’s suggestions right after all? The government has pledged to raise the school leaving age to 18. It’s introducing a new set of vocation-friendly diplomas at GCSE, and encouraging schools to rely more heavily on Formative Assessment.

It sounds like elements of the vision for 14-19 education proposed by Mike Tomlinson in his landmark report of two years ago. At the time Tomlinson provoked a storm of controversy among employers, parents and universities, who feared for standards. Now many seem to approve. So was Tomlinson right?

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