Young people all need to stay in education or training until they are 18. This does not mean you have to stay in school. You will able to choose from:
- full-time education (eg at a school or college)
- an apprenticeship or traineeship
- part-time education or training combined with one of the following:
- employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
- volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.
- Staying on at schoolChanging school or going to college
You may choose to continue your education at the school you currently attend if it has post-16 provision. The school will already know what additional support you need and can continue to support you, but now following a post-16 curriculum.
Information about each academy and maintained school in Devon can be found on the individual school’s website and this information should include details about the SEND support the school offers, its SEND policy and a SEN information report.
Details about the SEND support each college offers can be found on the individual college’s website usually by searching for ‘support’. Additional support should be provided following an ‘assess, plan, do, review’ cycle to make sure that it is effective. For more information about this please see the Graduated Response section of the Local Offer. You can also find out more about choosing a school here (including information about specialist colleges).Making decisions
You may choose to go to a different school for your post-16 education or may find a college course better suited to what you want to do. All colleges should provide support to help students with SEND to complete their courses to the best of their abilities and some offer courses designed for people with SEND. Colleges for Devon learners include:
- Bicton College
- Exeter College
- South Devon College
- City College Plymouth
- Plymouth College of Art
- Ellen Tinkham College
- Cambian Devon School (independent)
- Lifeworks College (independent)
- Oakwood Court College (independent)
- On Track Education Centre (independent)
- Vranch House (independent)
- ROC Life Skills College (independent)
- WESC Foundation (independent)
Details about the SEND support each college offers can be found on the individual college’s website usually by searching for ‘support’. Additional support should be provided following an ‘assess, plan, do, review’ cycle to make sure that it is effective. For more information about this please see the Graduated Response section of the Local Offer. You can also find out more about choosing a school here.
Transition into post-16 education, employment or training should be discussed in your SEND review meetings (including Statement or EHC plan reviews) from year 9. If you choose to change school or move to a college you should be supported by your current school and the establishment you are moving to.
For more information on the schools available in Devon and how to apply see our School admissions webpages.
When you reach the age of 16, you have the right to make your own decisions – read more about this on our Making Decisions page.