PUPILS in England who fail to reach at least a grade C in GCSE maths and English will have to continue studying the subjects until they're 18.
The government has defended its proposals saying 'it will help British businesses, as well as young people's chances of getting a job'.
Until now pupils have been able to drop both subjects at the age of 16 without having gained a qualification in them.
The government has also raised the leaving age to 17 from this year and from 2015 it will rise again to 18.
This doesn't mean you have to stay in school past 16, but teenagers in work would also need to keep learning and training.
So pupils who left Year 11 in summer, 2013, will need to continue in education or training until at least the end of the academic year in which they turn 17.
Pupils starting Year 11 or below in September, 2013, will need to continue until at least their 18th birthday.
WHAT do you think is the UK's most popular name for our cats and dogs pups? Well according to a study of more than 50,000 pets it's Poppy.
The study, by John Lewis Pet Insurance, revealed traditional names like Spot and Felix are being replaced by names like Charlie, Alfie and Ruby.
Pet owners are also being inspired by TV. Popular names include Peppa from Peppa Pig and Woody from Toy Story. The top 10 names were: Poppy, Alfie, Molly, Bella, Charlie, Ruby, Daisy, Millie, Lola and Tilly.