Decisions and choices SEND


Choices at 16 for young people with SEND

You can legally leave school on the last Friday in June in which you turn 16

However, all young people must be in some sort of learning or training until the age of 18. This doesn't have to be full-time education as it can be combined with paid or voluntary work, for example.  


Some or all of the following might be a possible option after you have turned 16 and preparing your next steps:

  • Staying at your school sixth form or moving to a new sixth form 
  • Going to a local further education (FE ) 
  • Moving on to a specialist further education provider 

The other options you might have available to you are:

  • Undertaking a traineeship
  • Doing an apprenticeship
  • Finding employment with training
  • Volunteering with part time accredited learning
  • Doing a supported internship (if you have an EHCP)

More information can be found in this information leaflet for parents: Transition from secondary school to post 16 A guide for parents and carers 

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
  • Progressive Learning

Not all of the options above are available for everyone, a lot will depend on your needs and the support you can get. This guide is a really good starting point and will help you understand the help you can get and the main options available to you: 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 will have further information that you can read about choosing your options and here in the SEND section you can now look at some of the extra information, help and support young people with SEND might find useful to help with their next steps. Just select the option you want to read more about from the menu on the right hand side of this page.