Education for young people with SEND
Once you are going into year 12, there are a number of education options available to support you with your future.
You may want to stay in education and attend a sixth form or college, or you may want look into starting your career.
Sixth form or college
A sixth form or college is a continuation of education post 16 or 19.
Depending on your choice of study, you can stay in a school setting or move towards a skills based setting such as a college.
Local specialist education and training provider
If you are over the age 16 or 19 and have complex special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan, you may be able to attend a local specialist post 16 or post 19 education and training provider.
Employment and apprenticeships
Alternatively, you may want to leave education and start a career, or you may want to gain skills to help you find the right job for you.
Adult education courses
Our Adult Education centres across Kent offer online courses including subjects such as arts, crafts, languages, fitness, counselling and many more.
There are a number of printed and online resources that you can use, and groups you can get involved with to help you learn at home.
Internships, supported internships or traineeships
An internship or supported internship (funded by the DWP) is a time of unpaid work experience, that lasts up to 1 year, whilst a traineeship up to 6 months.
This can often lead to an apprenticeship and is known as a 'stepping stone'.
For more information you can:
- visit the Bemix website for advice and support for young people and for employers
- visit the East Kent College website who offer supported internship courses and support
- contact the Kent Supported Employment Service to find out what supported internship placements are available.
Alternative social care options
Alternative social care options settings can support you through a range of activities and training to develop your life skills. To access an alternative social care, a social care assessment will take place.
Post 18 options
Once you're 18 you can; start a new career, join a local specialist education and training provider or attend an adult education centre to gain additional skills. You may also be interested in applying for university.