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Pupils Requiring Entry to Education at 15

In the UK the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examination is taken after a 2 year structured course that generally commences in "Year 10" at the age of 14.

This structure does not allow, by its very nature, a child to start in the system unless they enter at the beginning of the GCSE programme. It is not unknown for a 15 year- old pupil to join at the beginning of the programme by placing them "out of year" with the 14year old candidates. This obviously has a cumulative effect and although, in some cases works well, can be both academically and socially disruptive for others.

Parents may, however, decide to seek out a State School , which offers the International Baccalaureate of which there are a number. The current government's intention is that all State Schools should offer the IB by 2005 however this has yet to be fulfilled.

If there is no possibility of a State IB School or the child starting at the beginning of the GCSE programme, then the parents must seriously consider what is in the best interests of the child and it may be that they decide to make interim arrangements for the child to continue their current educational programme.