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Learning about your post 16 options

If you have a special educational need and/or disability (SEND), your school can help you to prepare for adulthood with help from:

  • you
  • your family
  • other professionals

The school will use:

  • person centred planning
  • the 'preparation for adulthood' principles outlined in the SEND code of practice

Preparation for adulthood

This includes thinking about:

  • you
  • what you are good at
  • what you want to do when you leave school

It is specific to each student and their needs, but will include thinking about:

  • preparing for higher education and/or employment
  • preparing for independent living
  • participating in society
  • being as healthy as possible in adult life

What support will my school give me?

There are lots of options once you reach 16 and it's important that you understand what they are. Normally, your school will suggest that you start thinking about your options in year 9. You don't have to decide then, but you should start to think about what you want to do once you reach the end of year 11.

The school may also give you a taster session with a further education provider to give you an idea what it's like.

Support during your Annual Review

If you have an education, health and care plan, your Annual Review in Year 9 will start to focus on preparing for adulthood. This includes thinking about your options and plans for post 16. It will discuss what support you need, from who and when.

These plans will get developed at your Annual Reviews in Year 10 and Year 11.

Further support and information

For more support learning about your options see our learning about careers page.

Find out what education options are available to you.

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