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Post 16 Education, Training and Employment

You can leave school on the last Friday in June if you'll be 16 by the end of the summer holidays. You must then choose whether to:

  • stay in full-time education - for example at school, sixth form college, further education college or University Technical College (UTC)
  • start an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering while also doing part-time education or training

Will you retain an EHCP as you move through education, into employment and into adulthood?

Achieving for Children believes that when children/young people achieve their outcomes it is a cause for celebration! The purpose of Education, Health and Care Plans is to ensure that children/young people receive the additional and different special educational provisions they are assessed as needing. When children/young people can have their needs met from provision that is ordinarily available in nursery, school or college, they no longer need an Education, Health and Care Plan. Some children/young people will have an Education, Health and Care Plan for longer than others.

Local Authorities may cease to maintain an Education, Health and Care Plan when:

  • it is no longer necessary for special educational provisions to be made for the child/young person in accordance with an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • the young person attends a university
  • the young person enters employment
  • the young person becomes 25 years old (Local Authorities have discretion to delay this until the end of the academic year in which they turn 25 years old).

If we ever decide to cease your child/young person’s Education, Health and Care Plan we will always carefully and fully communicate our decision and reasons, and explain what you can do if you disagree with our decision.



In this section you will find information about education options after 16 including:

Training and Employment

Other options once you are 16 include:

Ways to get advice and support