​We aim to support young people with SEND into adulthood with paid employment, good health, independent living options and friends, relationships and community inclusion - outcomes which have been set nationally by government. We will work with young people and their families and our partners, to improve life chances for young people. 

In this section
Next Steps Pack

The Next Steps Pack supports the Next Steps programme for young people in Year 10, so they can get an idea of post 16 options in sufficient time to make plans and applications to colleges etc.  It is primarily aimed at learners who may be receiving SEN Support (although these cover a wide spectrum of learners) and is also relevant for learners who have an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Next Steps Interviews

To support learners to make a successful transition post 16, the 14-25 team at AfC offer Next Steps interviews to learners in local and out of borough schools, delivered by our qualified careers advisers.  These interviews are to help raise awareness of the local offer and to explore options post 16.

All young people in Year 11 will be offered a Next Steps interview, whether they are in a Kingston or Richmond school or in an out of borough school.  Interviews are offered to all Year 10 and Year 13 learners accessing SEN Support and resident learners with EHCPs in Kingston and Richmond schools.  

For more information on these Next Steps interviews contact the 14-25 team at 14-19@achievingforchildren.org.uk or speak with your teachers at school to see when the next round of interviews are scheduled at your school.

Download the Next Steps Pack (opens a pdf)

Opportunities Pack

The Opportunities Pack sets out post 16 education and training options (up to and including Level 2) available locally – whether in learning or apprenticeships and provides links to access further information.

Download the Opportunities Pack (opens a pdf document)


Our work is supported by 14 - 25 Partnership, made up of our local learning providers (schools, colleges, apprenticeship providers) and other partners, which meets 5 times a year. The Partnership has signed up to our 16-19 Participation Strategy 2015/16 – 2018/19 that sets out targets against which our work is measured:

Download the 16-19 Participation Strategy 2015/16 – 2018/19 (opens a pdf)

Education and Skills Directorate – what we do

Local authorities have a statutory (legal) duty to support and encourage all 16 and 17 year olds into education and training.   For young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) this duty extends up to age 25.  AfC’s 14 -25 team, on behalf of Kingston and Richmond Councils, works with other AfC services to meet this duty.   Our role is to identify young people who are at risk of being NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) or who are NEET (or Not Known) and support them into positive destinations.  Our key "Risk of NEET " indicator is non achievement of 5 GCSEs A*- C (or equivalents).  Tracking is undertaken on an ongoing basis so that any young person who needs our help with post 16 options, is offered support at the earliest opportunity.

Around 29% of those ‘at risk of NEET’ across Kingston and Richmond have a Special Educational Need or a disability (SEND) and require additional support (2016/17 Year 11 figures). Some young people who need additional support are not eligible for an Education, Health and Care Plan but may still need an additional layer of SEN support to help them progress towards their adult goals. We recognise this and track progress of SEN Support learners to ensure they move into a positive post 16 place in learning where they can access the appropriate level of support.