Once you are over 16, you must now stay in education or training at least until the end of the school year in which you turn 18.
This doesn't mean young people will all have to stay in school. You will be able to choose from one of the following options:
- Full time education in a School, College or Alternative Provision
- Work based learning, such as an apprenticeship or training
- Part time Training, as well as working or volunteering for more than 20 hours per week
Choosing the right education or work based route is important to every young person. When a young person has a special educational need and/or disability (SEND) the choice is sometimes even more complicated. This is why, what you will do after you are 14, 15 or 16 must be an essential part of reviewing your Education Health and Care Plan in Year 9 and every year after.
You can get help with making choices about your education and training from:
- Staff at School Your teachers should talk with you about your aspirations and goals, especially when you are thinking about what to do after leaving school. What would you like to do at college? Which college or other courses will help you achieve your goals?
- Connexions Connexions Advisors in Wandsworth have a lot of information about services and support that young people can access to help them achieve their goals. A Connexions Advisor will usually be available to meet young people during Year 9.
- Guidance support services like VoiceAbility they offer advocacy which that ensures people who might otherwise be unable to can speak out, know their rights and have control over their life decisions. (currently for over 16’s).
- WIASS (Wandsworth Information Advice and Support Service). Confidential, impartial, free advice for young people up to 25.
- Contact Independent Support if you need an EHC Plan.
- Adult Care and Information Service (ACIS)
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