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UK education and training systems

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  While the education and training systems of England, Wales and Northern Ireland are broadly similar, the education system in Scotland has always been a completely separate system with its own laws and practices. Differences in education and training across Britain are particularly marked in the school systems. At the higher education level and for training, this is less so.

By age, the education and training systems are divided into three main sectors:
  • school education, from age five to age sixteen
  • further education, age sixteen onwards
  • higher education, age eighteen onwards
These pages provide information about school education, further education, teacher education, and about news on the latest developments in education and training. There are also links to online resources on the UK education and training systems.

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