More stay at school after 16

Record numbers of young people are staying on in full-time education, figures released yesterday show. At least 67 per cent of 16-year-olds remained at school or went to higher education colleges last year - a 19 per cent rise since 1987.

More than 236,100 young people applied for a university place in 1990-91, a 6.9 per cent increase, and at least 106,717 people scored average A-level grades of two Bs and a C, the Universities Central Council on Admissions says.