In today’s Written Ministerial Statement Reforming Young People’s Education [if the file at the Parliament's webpage is still corrupted, try this one] the Secretary of State for Education (Michael Gove MP) said, among other things:
[E]every 16 to 19 year old will have the opportunity to undertake high quality study which will help students move on to skilled work or further or higher education. Young people will be able to take up valuable work experience opportunities. Students without a good pass at 16 in English and maths – the subjects most valued by employers – will have to continue to study those subjects to age 18. We will publish data for each institution showing whether students progressed into work and further or higher education.