One in five teenagers receiving their GCSE results in the Midlands next week could be receiving unemployment benefit by the time they are 21.
According to a report by the Prince's Trust, thousands of young people who get poor grades are giving up on their ambitions.
The Prince's Trust and Sheffield University have based their predictions on trends seen during previous recessions. Last year, in England alone, around 250,000 young people left school with fewer than five good GCSEs, including Maths and English.
As a result of its research, the Prince's Trust is launching a new skills development programme for young people called Get into Hospital Services. It will also be extending its Get into Social Care, Get into Youth Work and Get into Hospitality schemes.
Now schools are back from half term but it's not just pupils who are returning to the classroom today. As part of a campaign by the charity Teach First, Sameena has also been back to school to teach year eleven at the International school in Birmingham.
Schoolchildren chose Paralympic gold medallist Mickey Bushell to open their new school and to also name part of the building after him too.
Wheelchair racer Mickey Bushell was in his hometown of Telford to open the Hollinswood Primary School.
Here head-teacher Glenn Atkinson explains why Mickey was chosen.
In Shropshire today, lucky schoolchildren saw their new school officially opened by a Paralympic gold medallist.
Wheelchair racer Mickey Bushell was in his hometown of Telford to open the Hollinswood Primary School. He spoke to pupils about how it felt to win at London 2012 and showed off his medal.
A new school in Shropshire will officially be opened by a Paralympic gold medallist today.
Wheelchair racer Mickey Bushell will open the Hollinswood Primary School in Telford.
Mickey set a new paralympic record in the 100 metre sprint.
An investigation is underway after a head teacher's body was found at a primary school in Worcestershire.
Helen Mann,who was in her 40s, was pronounced dead yesterday at Sytchampton Endowed First School near Stourport-on-Severn.
Police say the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.
In a statement issued by Worcestershire County Council, the school's chairwoman of governors, Stephanie Gait, said:
It's been reported that firefighters in Nottingham have stopped a school in Sneinton being completely ruined by fire. Six fire engines were called to the scene at a school on Windmill Lane. They were called shortly after 12:15 today to a fire in the roof space of a school.
The fire has now been put out.
Kevin Butler and Karen Green, speaking about their son Alex.
"BMI is not a perfect measure but is accepted as one of the best ways to tell if a child is a healthy weight.
"We write confidentially to parents. It is up to them if they want to share and discuss the results with their child."