Decisions and choices SEND


Choices at 16 for young people with SEND

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

All young people aged 16 or 17 should be in some form of learning until they are 18. This is called Raising Participation Age. This law can be confusing but there is a very good guide from The Source if you want to read more.


After the school leaving date when you turn 16, some or all of the following might be a possible option

  • 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 

The other options you might have available to you are:

  • 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)

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

Not all of the options above can be done by everyone. A lot will depend on your needs and the support you can get. This is a very good guide to so that you know the help you can get and what you can do. 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 is really good to help you find out all about what you might be able to do. Here in the SEND section you can find more help and information just for young people with a disability. See the menu on the right hand side of this page to read more about your options.