Definition of school-leaving age in English:

school-leaving age

noun

British
  • The minimum age at which a young person may legally leave school.

    ‘they recommended a raising of the school-leaving age to 16’
    • ‘Thus, despite the raising of the school-leaving age and the greater provision of post-16 and higher education, this has disproportionately benefited those from better-off families.’
    • ‘When I started my formal education the official school-leaving age was 12.’
    • ‘Ideally, this should be started at school-leaving age, but it is never too late to begin and the efforts of each individual should be rewarded, even if not 100 per cent successful.’
    • ‘If the school-leaving age is lower than the age of admission to employment, children are likely to illegally seek employment, and the enforcement of child labour laws is rendered more difficult.’
    • ‘The programme aims to encourage more students to stay in education beyond school-leaving age.’
    • ‘He added: ‘We are calling for the law to be amended so that only people of school-leaving age can be engaged in work on a farm.’’
    • ‘Then in 1959 the school-leaving age was raised from 14 to 16.’
    • ‘Although Mexico's legal school-leaving age is sixteen, indigenous women receive, on average, just over three years of schooling, compared to a national average of 7.3, thus suffering high rates of illiteracy.’
    • ‘Our approach is to have young performers study with us from the age of two until school-leaving age.’
    • ‘This Budget funds a policy that, over the next few years, will see everyone of school-leaving age either moving into employment or moving into post-school education.’
    • ‘On the same day that most of the country's school children are being evacuated, the school-leaving age goes up from 14 to 15.’
    • ‘In this way school boards developed an integrated education which took children from infancy to school-leaving age.’
    • ‘More middle-class than working-class children, for example, stay at school beyond the school-leaving age, and proceed to higher education.’
    • ‘In 1968 he resigned as Leader of the Lords over the Government's refusal to raise the school-leaving age.’
    • ‘The school-leaving age was to be raised to 15 and there was free secondary education for all.’
    • ‘As Minister of Education in the 1945 Labour government, her greatest victory was the raising of the school-leaving age to 15, despite the shortage of buildings in war-damaged Britain and the need for 13,000 extra teachers.’
    • ‘Teenagers at school-leaving age who had been permanently excluded from school are among those who have benefited through an education initiative set up in Chessington.’
    • ‘Why does anyone after school-leaving age want to be bullied into following orders, even those that don't make sense?’
    • ‘In 2000, the minimum school-leaving age was raised by one year to 16.’
    • ‘As many as 18% have already left full-time education by the time they reach school-leaving age.’

Pronunciation

school-leaving age

/ˌskuːlˈliːvɪŋ ˌeɪdʒ/