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Post 16 education or training

Staying in education and training after Year 11

Do I have to stay on at school?

The government requires all young people to stay in education or training until their 18th birthday.

This is to ensure that every young person is able to achieve the skills and knowledge they need in order to move on to a successful career.

What are my options?

You can choose from: full-time education at school or college an apprenticeship or traineeship full time work or volunteering (which is defined as 20 hours or more a week) combined with part-time education or training

Where can I get support?

If you are still at school, you should have an opportunity to meet with your school careers advisor.

They will provide you with independent advice and guidance about all the Post 16 options in your area.

In preparation for making your choices, you will have had the opportunity to listen to employers and young employees; to attend a careers fair (e.g. Ambitions) and to practice writing your CV through a programme at school.

You should also speak to your tutors, teachers and other staff in school who know you well enough to be able to advise you about the most suitable option to fit with your interests and abilities.

If you have special educational needs or receive additional support at school then you should also speak to your school’s special educational needs co-ordinator who will advise you about your next step. You may well have already had conversations alongside your parents/carers at your review meetings over the last few years. You can find out what each school or college offers by looking at their website and searching for their ‘Local Offer’ or ‘SEND offer’.

Post 16 Directory

As you move through your Key Stage 4 education you will need to make decisions about your next phase of education or training. This directory gives you all the basic information you need.

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