I alreayd posted this on the secondary forum but thought I would also post here. My young cousin told me that her school were 'encouraging' (although more like forcing) lower ability or struggling pupils to leave school and find work rather than sitting exams at the school. After doing not so well in their prelim exams they were told they would be better leaving school and getting a job or getting their highers in college. I started to look into it and spoke to some of her friends who it had happened to and it really shocked me that a school would do this. As I speak to more people I am hearing more and more accounts of this happening in other schools, particularly high-achieving schools. Has anyone ever seen this happening in schools they have worked in or had it happen to their children or friends' children?