Post-16 (Virtual School)

Surrey Virtual School continues to support young people who are looked-after or care leavers until the end of the year in which they turn 18 (usually year 13).

The government says that young people should participate in education, training or employment up until the end of the year 13) and local authorities have a duty to encourage them to do so and ensure that there are opportunities available.

It is important to note that there are no 'rules' or laws regarding young people participating – it is not a requirement – but further study after they finish school helps young people to access better jobs and earn higher salaries. Even though it can be tempting for young people to want to work and earn as soon as they finish school, research has shown that those who enter low-skilled, low paid jobs tend to get stuck in them, without opportunities to progress.

Full-time in further education is less than at school. It averages out at around 12 to 16 hours per week, so young people will have down time, when they will be expected to complete some independent study but can also work part-time.

Support for Surrey care leavers

The Surrey Care Leavers' Service can help you to reach your goals and fulfil your potential by helping you to access higher and further education and work opportunities. Part of your Pathway Plan is all about what you want to do in the future and whether you want to go to college, university or complete an apprenticeship. You will have a chance to talk it all through with your Personal Adviser (PA). Personal Education Plan's (PEP) will also continue in the academic year you turn 18 and beyond this if you would like them too.

Find out more about education and training for care leavers in the Surrey County Council local offer to care leavers.

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