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Post-16 support for education and training
The Virtual School has been expanded to include a dedicated post-16 advisor who will work with 16-18 year olds who are 'eligible' or 'relevant' to the care system. The aim is to make sure that every young person can find a course or training programme which matches their skills and interests and which will help them towards their long term goal.
How does it work?
We know that the change from school to sixth form or college can be quite difficult and so will provide support to help with this move. Every young person will be contacted by the post-16 advisor, either just before or shortly after the end of year 11 and a transition PEP will be arranged. At this meeting we will consider anything that might be a barrier or difficulty and work with the young person and education provider to find ways to overcome this. We will maintain contact throughout year 12 and year 13 and beyond if necessary.
What support is given?
All young people who are eligible for post-16 support from Social Care are entitled to the 16-18 Bursary. This is a fund paid to schools and colleges which can be used to support the education of a care leaver. This is worth £1,200 per year and most schools and colleges pay this to the young person throughout the year, usually linked to good attendance, completing work on time and good conduct. Some providers might use this to give assistance with transport or equipment. Young people will be sent a letter at the end of Y11 to prove that they are entitled to this support.
While at school or college the Virtual School will continue to monitor the students' attendance and progress, so that any problems can be identified and put right as soon as possible.