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Education and training options for young people with SEND

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

Preparing 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 (EHC) plan, your 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.

Apprenticeships and traineeships 

You can get £1,000 payment towards the cost of the apprenticeship or training if, at the start of the apprenticeship, you are aged between 19 and 24 years old and:

  • have an education, health and care (EHC) plan, or
  • are in the care of Dorset Council as a looked after child

Find out about apprenticeships if you're a young person with an EHC plan.

Education options for young people aged 16 to 25 with SEND

If you are age 16 to 25 and have an education, health and care (EHC) plan there are lots of education and training options available to you. These include:

See our Where next? page that gives you education and training options for 16 to 19 year olds.

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Higher education for young people with SEND

Find out more about higher education with special educational needs or disability (SEND):

Getting a job 

Find out about jobs for young people.

More support

See the Preparing for Adulthood website for advice on training and starting work.

Read about Alexei who has autism and how he found his apprenticeship experience.

Find out about transport, finance and studying.

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