Decisions and choices SEND


Choices at 16 for young people with SEND

You can leave school after the last Friday in June when you turn 16 (After Year 11)

This is called the school leaving date. Some or all of the following might be possible for you to do

  • Staying at your school sixth form or moving to a new sixth form 
  • Going to a local further education college (FE ) 
  • Moving on to a specialist further education provider 
  • Doing a traineeship
  • Doing an apprenticeship
  • Finding a job with training
  • Volunteering (although you have to be in part time learning too)
  • Doing a supported internship (if you have an EHCP)

Click on the blue box below to download a leaflet with more information. 

Transition from secondary school to post 16 A guide for parents and carers


Raising Participation Age.

600 x 300 SEND photos - 10All young people aged 16 or 17 should be in some form of learning until they are 18. This law can be confusing but there is a very good guide from Child Law Advice if you want to read more. Click on the blue box below.

Child Law Advice


When you turn 18, there are other options that might be available:

  • Further education at a local college or independent training provider
  • Higher education
  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
  • Volunteering
  • Employment and employment with training
  • Work experience
  • Supported Internships

Not all of the options above can be done by everyone. A lot will depend on your needs and the support you can get. See the guide in the blue box below.

Transition and training at 18 A guide for young people parent carers and settings



Further information on Help You Choose

The info and advice section has more information about choices for young people. Click on the blue box below. Close the page to come back to the SEND section.

Info and advice