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:
- your family
- other professionals
The school will use:
Preparation for adulthood
This includes thinking about:
- 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 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.
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
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.