Post-16 (Virtual School)

Looking for something other than college?

The Post-16 team have put together a quick reference guide which includes various alternatives to college, including information relating to courses and activities as well as links to grants, bursaries and lots more!

Locations include Surrey, neighbouring authorities and a few further afield. Additionally, whilst the guide is aimed at Post-16 and UASC, some resources will be accessible to 14+.

Please note that this guide will be updated when we are made aware of new opportunities. If you feel something should be added, please let us know at

Download the Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

Online learning platform to boost workplace skills launched

Free courses are available through the new online platform, the Skills Toolkit. This platform signposts to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help people build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects and confidence whilst at home.

Courses on offer cover a range of levels, from everyday maths and the use of email and social media at work to more advanced training. All courses are available online and are flexible so that people can work through them at their own pace.

Access the Skills Toolkit

Young people in care who are above statutory school age (ie. above Year 11) remain part of Surrey's Virtual School as a Post-16 student. This is in line with government requirements that all young people in England must continue in education or employment with training until the age of 18, and/or the end of Year 13.

Post-16 students will require a PEP meeting still on a termly basis through Year 12 and Year 13. The PEP is required for all young people either in education, employment or training, as well as for those who are NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training).

Not participating in education or training (NEET)

Surrey young people in care who are not participating in education or training (NEET) can receive help from their Personal Advisor (PA).

A designated PA will support them back into education, training and work. A Personal Advisor will also be able to attend the PEP meetings for young people living in Surrey to ensure progress is being made.

Higher Education

Some pupils may decide to continue to study after further education and move onto Higher Education, such as university.

Care Leavers (who are eligible) are offered additional support through the Care Leavers Service and through the universities themselves. This can include financial support, reduced fees, year round accommodation and mentoring.

Entry into Higher Education will require specific qualifications set by each HE Institution.

Care Leavers Covenant

Care Leavers Covenant is a funded by the Department for Education, and sets out to provide a greater level of support during your transition from care leaver to adulthood.

Visit the Care Leavers Covenant website

Get Into Games

Dv8 Sussex is a leading provider of creative courses in Sussex. Running from September to June, Dv8 Sussex have created an opportunity for students to 'create games art and animation, design their own 2D game and develop skills for working in the games industry.'

Their website states that 'students will take a game from the idea and design phases, all the way to self- publishing online. Alongside this, students will have the opportunity to take part in meaningful games industry-based work experience.'

You will also receive classes in Maths and English GCSE (as needed), enabling you to secure grades 4 and above in these subjects.

If you are interested in this opportunity and aged between 16-18, you can find more information on the Dv8 Sussex website

Talking Teenagers Podcast

Talking Teenagers is a podcast series comprising interviews with experts designed to help parents and pastoral leaders with some of the key issues of raising teenagers in today's world.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is a government agency sponsored by the Department for Education accountable for funding education and skills for young people and adults.

Resources can be found the ESFA website.

This includes featured news and information about apprenticeships, academies, learning records, further education funding and schools and college funding as well as useful links to the National Careers Services and for hiring an apprentice.