The number of teenagers in education or training is at its highest since consistent records began more than two decades ago.
New figures from the Department for Education show that, at the end of 2014, the proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds in education or work-based learning rose by one percentage point on the previous year, an increase of almost 9,000 to 1.59 million.
Meanwhile, there was a 0.4 percentage point decline in the proportion of this age group who were not in education, employment or training - a fall of almost 10,000 in 12 months.
Skills minister Nick Boles said: "These figures are the strongest seen in more than 20 years and emphatically show that our plan for education is working."
In addition, the figures show the highest proportion of 17-year-olds in education and work-based learning since 1994, rising by two percentage points to 87.2 per cent.
Posted by Alan Douglas