A 15-year-old entrepreneur who turns over £10,000 a year in his spare time has called on schools to give better education to pupils about business.
Tom Thurlow, who trades collectable children's books with his online business OBS Books, said schools were too focused on getting children through exams.
He said: "We have had so many talks about the importance of GCSEs and A levels, but I haven't got a clue what I would need to do after that to get into business.
"We've had very few career talks and no structured onetoone discussions."
Tom, who attends Beaufort Community School in Cheltenham, made the comments during the Government's Enterprise Week.
The week aims to encourage students and young people to run their own businesses with more than 75 events being held across the region to encourage entrepreneurship.
Tom founded OBS Books in 2003 - when he was 13 years old - after meeting author Philip Pullman at the Cheltenham Book Festival.
Selling the books for four times the retail value on eBay, he realised there was a massive market for signed children's books.
The OBS Books website now attracts around 100 new visitors a day.
Tom runs the business in his free time after school and gets up early on a Saturday to post books out.
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