Moving into further education and training for young people with an EHCP

Things to consider

As you consider your post-16 options, it is important that before you make your choices you are aware that:

1. We will consult with yours and parent/guardian Post-16 choices. However, should you not have selected any we will also consult with:

        • In Borough Mainstream providers
        • In Borough Specialist providers where mainstream cannot meet your needs

2. Post-16 Specialist provision would only be considered where mainstream College or provider cannot meet need

3. Home to school transport would not be considered for out of Borough provision if there is provision in Borough available that can meet need

4. Full-time Education & Training Post-16 is 3 days or 16 hours per week.

5. If you need more than 3 days, this would be health or social care and will require relevant assessments by these services

6. Your EHCP will only continue from Year 14 onwards if:

        • You are on a realistic pathway towards Employment or Higher Education, and at least one of these is a realistic goal
        • You have been making good progress

How is further education different to school

We have the same vision as the SEND Code of Practice and expect our young people with SEND to be educated in a Mainstream setting alongside their peers, wherever mainstream settings can meet your needs. We will always consult with yours and your parents/guardians’ choices. However, we will consult within Borough mainstream providers and where mainstream can’t meet your needs, in Borough Specialist providers also. Out of Borough provision would only be agreed where we cannot meet your needs in Borough or where it is cost-effective to do so. This is to ensure the Local Authority are abiding by the SEND Code of Practice with regards to the use of its resources to meet the needs of young people with SEND.

Full-time Education post-16 is different from when you are at school. Full-time Education Post-16 is the equivalent of 3 days or 16 hours per week. This is to give the opportunity for part-time work and private study alongside socialising with friends and family and participating in other community activities. This is essential development of your independence and preparation for adulthood. We understand that it is possible you may require extra support with non-education activities such as accessing the community etc. Therefore, you may require a 4 or 5 day offer. If this is the case, you will require Health or Social Care Services. The relevant assessments with these services need to have been carried out and included in your Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Please go to the SEND local offer to request relevant assessments for health or social services.

The focus of Post-16 Education is to prepare you for employment or Higher Education. Where Employment or Higher Education are not realistic goals, you are likely to focus on developing your independence skills, being part of the community and understanding how to stay healthy. Education (and your EHCP) from Year 14 should only continue where you are on a clear pathway towards Employment or Higher Education and that you are likely to achieve one of these goals. You should also have been making good progress towards at least one of these goals in Years 12 and 13.

Home to school transport

Home to school transport Post-16 would not be considered for any setting outside of Borough, if it has been identified that your needs can be met at a setting in Borough. However, if the Local Authority have been satisfied that there isn’t a setting in Borough that can meet your needs, then transport would be considered.

Contact us

    • Email our TIAG team for information, advice and guidance about moving onto further education.
    • Email our EHCP team for advice on your Educational Health and Care plan or call (01226) 775142.