The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) in partnership with the Department for Education has produced a series of fact sheets, films and posters designed to help children and young people understand some of the key themes of the new SEND reforms.
There has been an important change in the law. Your son or daughter will be expected to remain in learning, education or training until at least their 18th birthday. This does not mean that they have to stay at school, although most young people in our area choose that as their option. They might choose to go to college, or take up an apprenticeship or job with training. They might alternatively pursue a part-time education or training course if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours per week.
From year 12 your son or daughter could do the following:
- stay in education, but not necessarily at the same school - although many young people in special schools do choose to stay where they are until they are 19 years old
- go to college for a full-time education course or to do a study programme
- do a Study Programme, Supported Internship or Traineeship with a training provider
- take an apprenticeship or job with regular training
- volunteer and train at the same time
- take a job, become self-employed or do some volunteering - and do some part-time study
- undertake a 'package' of provision and support across education, health and care that is appropriate to meet their needs.
Please click the links on this page to find out more information about Post 16 related services.