Once they reach 16, young people need to start planning for the next stage of their education.
local offer logo When you finish school at 16, you have to stay in education or go into training at least until the end of the school year in which you turn 18.

You can study at a sixth form or a college, but if you don't want to do this you can:

  • start an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training.

You can read more about these options on the getting a job page.

Choosing the right education or work-based route is important to every young person. When a young person has a special educational need or disability (SEND) the choice is sometimes even more complicated.

This is why, what you'll do after your 14, 15 or 16 must be an essential part of reviewing your education, health and care plan (ECHP) in Year 9 and every year after.

People supporting a young person need to be raising aspirations and talking with the young person about what they wish to do when they are older from an early age. It is not a conversation to start at 14 but a more formal plan would normally be put in place to achieve these goals from Year 9.

Talk to your social worker or your teachers and careers adviser at school about which one would be best for you.

You can also speak to the Lambeth SEND information advice and support service who offer confidential, impartial and free advice for young people with SEND.