Education for young people with SEND
Once you are 16 years old, you can stay in education or start a career. Depending on what you want to do in the future, there are many options from you to choose from.
Your education setting choices
Most young people choose to stay in education by attending a sixth form or a college.
You can move into sixth form or college after taking your GCSEs. Depending on the sixth form or college entry criteria, you may be able to:
- attend your school's sixth form
- move to another school's sixth form
- attend your local college.
Courses in sixth form and college are different, with some focused on academic classes such as English, maths and science. Whilst others can be more work based and hands on.
Specialist colleges and training providers are available to you if you are over the age of 16 and 19.
- stay at your current education setting
- move to a further education setting
- complete a study programme
- take a work based approach.
You should have an education, health and care (EHC) plan or have complex needs to attend. This can be discussed in your phase transfer meeting with your careers advisor.
If you don't want to study at an education setting, you can study at home. Home education means that you can learn:
- at your own pace
- in an environment that you're comfortable in
- take as many breaks as you need
- explore the world around you.
They can teach you:
- plus so much more.
You have to pay for most courses, but you may get a discount if you:
- receive employment support allowance
- have a hearing impairment
- are taking a sign language course
- have a member of your family who has a hearing impairment and you're enrolling onto a sign language course
- receive attendance allowance
- receive income support
- receive Personal Independent Payment (PIP)
- receive severe disablement allowance
- receive working Tax Credit.
Alternative social care settings support you through activities and training.
They help you to develop your life skills, including:
To access these settings, a social care assessment will take place.
Support in education
This support could be from your:
- careers advisor
- form tutor
- head of year.
- Kent 16+ Travel Saver
- travel training
- personal transport budgets
- assisted travel.