Your transition guide to local post 16 education options and support services

Contents

This guide is designed to talk you through the various post-16 education options and to help you think about what route might be most suitable for you. It is designed to be used alongside guidance from your SEND Caseworker.

Introduction

Since September 2015 all young people have to participate in some form of education or training until they are 18. However, this does not mean you have to stay at school.

You could:

  • participate in full-time education (known as a study programme) at a college, school or with a training provider,
  • take up an apprenticeship, traineeship, pre-supported internship or supported internship; or
  • go into full-time employment or volunteering (of 20 hours or more per week) if combined with accredited part-time education or training.

This guide highlights the local options available, however it is also important that you do your own independent research so that you can be confident that no opportunity has been missed.


Qualification levels explained

Level 3 (L3)

Advanced Level (two years)

Qualifications

  • A-levels
  • GCSEs in applied subjects
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Key Skills Level 3
  • BTEC Awards, Certificates and Diplomas at Level 3
  • NVQs at Level 3

Level 2 (L2)

Intermediate level (one year)

Qualifications

  • GCSEs grades A* to C/ 9 to 4
  • Key Skills Level 2
  • Functional Skills Level 2
  • BTEC Awards, Certificates and Diplomas at Level 2.
  • NVQs at Level 2

Level 1 (L1)

Foundation level

Qualifications

  • GCSE grades D to G/ 3 to 1
  • Functional Skills Level 1
  • BTEC Introductory Diplomas and Certificates at Level 1
  • BTEC Awards, Certificates and Diplomas at Level 1
  • NVQs at Level 1
  • Foundation Learning Pathway

Entry level

Each Entry Level qualification is available at three sub-levels: 1, 2 and 3. Entry level 3 is the most difficult. Entry Level qualifications take one to two or three years to complete.

Qualifications

  • Entry Level Certificates
  • Skills for Life
  • Functional Skills at Entry Level
  • Awards, Certificates and Diplomas at Entry 1
  • Foundation Learning Pathways at Entry Level

Qualification levels and typical entry requirements

Entry requirements may differ at individual educational establishments.

Entry level 1, 2 and 3

Typically no formal entry requirements.

Level 1

Four GCSEs at grade 2 or above (including English and Maths).

Level 2

Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above (including English and Maths) or a Level 1 qualification ideally in a relevant subject.

Level 3

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English and Maths) or a Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject.

Level 4

A Levels, Level 3 qualifications and Access to Higher Education courses.

Work based

Learning that takes place in a work environment. It is a practical way of learning that offers real life work experience whilst working towards relevant qualifications in the industry.

Types of qualification

Entry level 1, 2 and 3

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Pre-supported internship and supported internship Yes Yes Yes No No
Traineeship Yes Yes Yes No No
Apprenticeship No No Yes Yes Yes

Vocational

Learning involving more practical activities, it is commonly used to prepare a person for a particular trade or industry.

Types of qualificationEntry level 1, 2 and 3Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4
Further Education College Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Leaping into Future Education / Employment (LIFE) Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Academic

A more formal style of learning that is usually based on theory rather than practical activities.

Types of qualificationEntry level 1, 2 and 3Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4
Sixth form college No No No Yes No
School sixth form No No No Yes No
University No No No No Yes

Supported Internships

Supported Internships help young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to achieve sustainable, paid employment.

The personalised programme allows the young person to learn in the workplace whilst also having the chance to study for relevant qualifications at an appropriate level.

The internship normally lasts for a year and includes at least six months of unpaid work experience (600 hours of training). Supported Internships are carried out for the most part in the work place, young people are helped to find a Supported Internship employer and will be matched to a job that suits them.

70% of Surrey young people who undertook a supported internship in 2017 to 2018 achieved employment at the end of the programme.

Although similar to a traineeship or apprenticeship, this type of programme is tailored to those who would require a higher level of support, such as a job coach.

The Access to Work fund can be used to provide additional support/equipment, including a job coach and/or the extra costs of transport if it is not possible to use public transport.

Entry requirements

You will need to have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to access a Supported Internship.

Recommended progression

  • Work

Surrey providers


Pre-Supported Internships (Future Choices)

Pre-Supported Internships are designed for young people with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to enable the progression onto a Supported Internship pathway in the future. Pre-supported Internships are ideal for those would benefit from a more supportive environment and entry to the workplace.

Surrey County Council in partnership with Surrey Choices have designed a pre- supported internship training programme 'Future Choices'. This programme is designed to prepare young people for adulthood and for the world of work.

Pre-interns, experience three vocational rotations each year or if appropriate a single dedicated vocational option for the duration of the programme. Pre-interns attend their vocational options for three days per week, with the remaining two days spent on activities to gain life skills, improve health and wellbeing and become involved in community and social networks.

Vocational options

  • Business
  • Horticulture
  • Radio and Media
  • Hospitality
  • Woodwork

Alternative vocational training options can be considered and sourced to meet the specific needs of individuals.

Entry requirements

Future Choices is open to any young person with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities who are in receipt of an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Recommended progression

  • Supported Internship
  • Employability Programme (Adult Social Care eligibility dependant)
  • Work

Surrey providers

Surrey Choices


Traineeships

Participating in a traineeship allows you to develop your skills and gain qualifications including English and Maths for those who need it, whilst benefitting from high quality work experience. They can last from six weeks to six months and are an ideal stepping stone to an apprenticeship.

The work experience placement is not paid, but the costs of travel and meals might be supported by the training provider or employer.

Young people with SEND may be eligible for support from a Job Coach for the duration of their traineeship. Job Coaches provide on the job support to ensure that the young person is settled and comfortable in their role and can help with things like communication, understanding of tasks and resolving any issues that may arise.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to a traineeship, however you need to be between the ages of 16 to 24, eligible to work in the UK and have no or little work experience.

Recommended progression

  • Apprenticeship
  • Supported Internship
  • Pre-Supported Internship
  • Work
  • Further Education College Qualifications

Surrey providers


Apprenticeships

As an apprentice you can earn a salary whilst studying for a nationally recognised qualification and getting on the job training. It's a way to gain experience, strengthen your CV and build your career. There is a wide range of apprenticeships available to suit every skill and passion and the training provider will offer support for any additional needs.

Apprenticeships offer a different way of learning compared to college or university, and you have the opportunity to get a qualification that will be valued by potential employers.

Apprenticeships are available at different levels from intermediate to degree level and have different entry requirements depending on apprenticeship and industry sector. The current minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.81 per hour – although many employers pay more, with the average weekly take home pay for an apprentice being £170. You will be expected to work a minimum of 30 hours per week but will get at least 20 days of paid holiday during the year plus bank holidays!

Employers and training providers can provide support to apprentices with SEND in various ways, including through additional mentoring. Both employers and colleges have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities. If you have a special educational need and/or disability and have identified an apprenticeship that you are interested in, then you may wish to call the employer in advance to discuss with them what level of support they may be able to offer.

If you're not quite ready for an apprenticeship and want to gain further skills and work experience prior to embarking on one, then you may wish to consider the following options:

  • Supported Internship
  • Pre-supported Internship
  • Traineeship

Recommended progression

  • Work
  • Higher Apprenticeship
  • University.

Surrey providers

Related resources


Surrey apprenticeships

To access the range of different types of apprenticeships offered please go to the Institute of apprenticeships and technical education website, where you can find apprenticeships such as hospitality and catering, hairdressing and retail, as well as many more.

Please visit the Surrey County Council jobs website and search for jobs, where apprenticeships can be found as and when they are available. For 2021, Surrey County Council will be advertising apprenticeships specifically targeted at young people with additional needs and an EHCP, which will be advertised through the usual jobs page.

Types of apprenticeship

Accounting and finance

  • East Surrey College
  • Brooklands College
  • Neighbour Training

Aviation

  • East Surrey College

Business and administration

  • East Surrey College
  • Brooklands College
  • Nescot College
  • Guildford College
  • Surrey County Council
  • Weir Training
  • Neighbour Training

Care services

  • East Surrey College
  • Brooklands College
  • Nescot College

Construction

  • East Surrey College
  • Guildford College
  • Brooklands College
  • Nescot College

Customer services

  • Guildford College
  • Brooklands College
  • Nescot College
  • Weir Training
  • Neighbour Training

Early years

  • Guildford College
  • Brooklands College
  • Nescot College

Electrical installation

  • Guildford College
  • Nescot College

Engineering

  • East Surrey College
  • Guildford College
  • Brooklands College
  • Nescot College

Estate agency

  • Neighbour Training

Hairdressing

  • East Surrey College
  • Brooklands College

Higher Apprenticeships

  • East Surrey College

Hospitality and catering

  • Brooklands College
  • Nescot College
  • Weir Training

Information technology

  • Nescot College
  • Neighbour Training
  • Surrey County Council

Motor vehicle

  • East Surrey College
  • Brooklands College
  • Nescot College

Retail

  • Weir Training

Teaching and teaching support

  • East Surrey College
  • Guildford College
  • Brooklands College
  • Weir Training

Team leading and management

  • Nescot
  • Neighbour Training
  • Weir Training

Warehousing

  • Weir Training

To access the range of different types of apprenticeships offered please go to the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education website, where you can find apprenticeships such as hospitality and catering, hairdressing and retail, as well as many more.

For 2022, Surrey County Council will be advertising apprenticeships specifically targeted at young people with additional needs and an EHCP, which will be advertised through the usual jobs page.


Further Education Colleges

Further education colleges cater for those aged 16 and over (some colleges provide discreet 14 to 16 education provision) offering a wide range of vocational subjects as well as some academic subjects. All Surrey colleges offer supported learning environments, specialist provision and support.

Colleges typically offer a variety of learning styles dependent on the method of study:

  • Work based - learning that takes place in a work environment. It is a practical way of learning that offers real life work experience whilst working towards relevant qualifications in the industry. For example, Supported Internship, Traineeship and Apprenticeship.
  • Vocational - learning that involves more practical activities, it is commonly used to prepare a person for a particular trade or industry. For example, BTEC, NVQ, Laser and ASDAN qualifications.

Further education colleges in Surrey

Brooklands College

East Surrey College

Nescot

  • Address: Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS
  • Website: Nescot

Guildford College (Activate Group)

Entry requirements

Please refer to individual college websites.

Recommended progression

  • Apprenticeship
  • Supported Internship
  • Pre Supported Internship
  • Work
  • University

Further education college courses at entry level, level one and level two

Accounting

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands College No No Yes
East Surrey College No No Yes

Agriculture

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Merrist Wood College No No Yes

Animal studies

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Merrist Wood College No No Yes
NESCOT No Yes Yes

Applied science

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands college No No Yes
East Surrey College No No Yes

Arboriculture and forestry

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Merrist Wood College No No Yes

Art and design

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands College No Yes Yes
East Surrey College No Yes Yes
NESCOT No Yes Yes

Aviation

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
East Surrey College No No Yes

Baking and cooking

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands College No Yes Yes

Business

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands College No No Yes
East Surrey College No Yes Yes
NESCOT No No Yes

Catering and hospitality

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands College No Yes Yes
Guildford College No Yes Yes
NESCOT No Yes Yes

Construction

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
East Surrey College No Yes Yes
Guildford College No Yes Yes
NESCOT No Yes Yes

Early Years and childcare

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands College No Yes Yes
Guildford College No No Yes
East Surrey College No Yes Yes
NESCOT No Yes Yes

Electrical installation

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Guildford College No No Yes
NESCOT No No Yes

Employability

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Merrist Wood College No Yes Yes

Engineering

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands College No Yes Yes
East Surrey College No No Yes
Guildford College No No Yes

Equine management

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Merrist Wood College No No Yes

Floristry

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Merrist Wood College No Yes Yes

Hair and beauty

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands College No Yes Yes
East Surrey College No Yes Yes
Guildford College No Yes Yes
NESCOT No Yes Yes

Health and social care

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands College No Yes Yes
East Surrey College No Yes Yes
Guildford College No Yes Yes
NESCOT No Yes Yes

Horticulture

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Merrist Wood College No No Yes

Information technology

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
East Surrey College No Yes Yes
Brooklands College No No Yes
Guildford College No No Yes
NESCOT No Yes Yes

Media

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands College No No Yes
Guildford College No Yes Yes
NESCOT No Yes Yes

Motor vehicle

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
East Surrey College Yes Yes Yes
NESCOT No Yes Yes

Music

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
NESCOT No Yes Yes

Performing arts

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
NESCOT No No Yes

Public services

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands College No Yes Yes
East Surrey College No Yes Yes
Merrist Wood College No No Yes
NESCOT No Yes Yes

SEND and transition

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands College Yes Yes No
East Surrey College Yes Yes No
Guildford College Yes Yes No
Merrist Wood College Yes No No
NESCOT Yes Yes No

Sport

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands College No Yes Yes
East Surrey College No Yes Yes
Merrist Wood College No No Yes
NESCOT No Yes Yes

Teaching

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands College No No Yes

Travel and tourism

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Brooklands College No No Yes
East Surrey College No No Yes
Guildford College No No Yes
NESCOT No No Yes

Sixth Form Colleges

Sixth form colleges cater for those aged 16 and over, offering a wide range of academic subjects as well as some vocational options.

Many also offer a small learning environment with support.

Most sixth form colleges offer Level 3 qualifications, usually A Levels with some offering BTEC qualifications in certain subjects. Most sixth form colleges will expect you to study three A Levels.

Sixth form colleges offer a more independent learning environment.

Sixth form colleges in Surrey

Esher College

Weston Green Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0JB
www.esher.ac.uk

Godalming College

Tuesley Lane, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1RS
www.godalming.ac.uk

Reigate College

Castlefield Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0SD
www.guildford.ac.uk

Woking College

Rydens Way, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9DL
www.woking.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Please refer to individual college websites.

Recommended Progression

  • Apprenticeship
  • Supported Internship
  • Work
  • University

Sixth form colleges at entry level, level one and level two

Art and design

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Woking College No No Yes

Biology GCSE

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Reigate College No No Yes

Business

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Reigate College No No Yes
Woking College No No Yes

English GCSE

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Godalming College No No Yes
Reigate College No No Yes

Health and social care

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Reigate College No No Yes
Woking College No No Yes

Information technology

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Reigate College No No Yes
Woking College No No Yes

Maths GCSE

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Godalming College No No Yes
Reigate College No No Yes

Media GCSE

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Godalming College No No Yes

Media

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Woking College No No Yes

Performing arts

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Woking College No No Yes

Public services

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Reigate College No No Yes

Sport

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Reigate College No No Yes
Woking College No No Yes

Travel and tourism

College nameEntry levelLevel oneLevel 2
Reigate College No No Yes

School sixth forms

School sixth forms cater for those aged 16 and over, offering a wide range of academic subjects as well as some vocational options.

Many also offer a small learning environment with support.

Most school sixth forms offer Level 3 qualifications, usually A Levels with some offering BTEC qualifications in certain subjects. Most sixth form colleges will expect you to study three A Levels.

School sixth forms can be more reassuring and familiar to some learners, who may have attended the school since year 7.

School sixth forms in Surrey

Elmbridge

Epsom and Ewell

Guildford

Mole Valley

Reigate and Banstead

Runnymede

Spelthorne

Surrey Heath

Tandridge

Waverley

Woking

Entry requirements

Please refer to individual school websites.

Recommended progression

  • Apprenticeship
  • Supported Internship.
  • Work
  • University

Employment and volunteering before age 18

The law requires young people to be doing some form of recognised accredited education or training until their 18th birthday. Young people are also allowed to be in work, which can be paid or voluntary, providing it involves at least 20 hours of work per week, plus working towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Young people can also become self-employed as long as they are doing part-time accredited education or training alongside their self-employment.

Self-employment

An increasing amount of young people opt to work for themselves by becoming self-employed. It is important to be aware however that there are rules and regulations on running your own business and the need to register as being self-employed to make sure that correct taxes are being paid. If you are under the age of 18 then, alongside being self-employed for at least 20 hours or more per week, you will need to be studying towards an accredited qualification.

People aged 18-30, living in the UK and unemployed, or working less than 16 education hours per week, and have a business idea they would like to explore, the Prince's Trust offer an Enterprise Programme where they can help you turn your ideas in to reality. For more information please visit the Prince's Trust website.

Other useful resources

Employment or volunteering at 18 and over

Young people who are aged 18 and over and unemployed can receive support from the Job Centre to find vacancies. Many Job centres also have Disability Employment Advisers on hand to help those young people with SEND.

Employers have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people in the workplace. Some young people with SEND may be eligible for an Access to Work grant that can pay for specialist equipment and support in the workplace.

Young people eligible for Adult Social Care may benefit from engaging with Surrey Choices who help those with SEND find volunteering placements and paid work. They also run job clubs that are open to everyone looking for work.

For more information visit Surrey Choices.

Related resources


LIFE (Leaping Into Future Employment/ Education)

LIFE (Leaping into Future Employment/ Education) is a full time Education Provision for young people aged 16 to 19 years old based at Frimley Green Youth Centre (Surrey Heath) who experience barriers to learning.

LIFE runs two programmes (Year 1 and 2), which enables young people to progress between the programme and also offers direct entry to Year 2 which is more focused on Employability and Employability Skills.

  • Year One runs on a Tuesday to Thursday (9.30am to 3pm).
  • Year Two runs the formal Education component on a Monday and Friday (9.30am to 3pm), with work experience one day a week and access to Functional Skills lessons.

Students work towards a needs-led accredited qualification and is focussed around the delivery of small bite-sized units working towards a Laser Award, Certificate or Diploma (Entry 3 / Level 1).

In addition, there will be Maths and English sessions enabling students to work towards Functional Skills Qualifications or GCSEs.

LIFE provides students with the time and support they need in order to overcome barriers and support them the progression into Employment, Education and Training. They have the opportunity to participate in functional skills, vocational learning, Work Experience placements and personal and social education.

In addition, the students will have opportunities to take part in group work projects, a week work experience opportunity, trips and social activities.

Individualized support is provided for the student alongside cooperative work with their workers, family and careers to provide a holistic approach to meet the needs of each student and enable them to learn, progress and thrive.

In addition to the learning opportunity, gaining qualifications and support in finding work, the LIFE students:

  • Receive up to £20 a week training allowance (based on full attendance and participation).
  • Are reimbursed for bus travel up to £20 per week.
  • Are provided with refreshments throughout the day.
  • Gain access to early help support throughout the programme.
  • Are given opportunities to undertake additional training including qualifications in First Aid and Food Hygiene.
  • Are invited to a celebration event at the end of the course.

Upon completing the LIFE programme, progression routes are planned with the young people to suit the needs and ability of the student. Referring to the agreed 'intended destination' discussed at the beginning of the project, LIFE staff work with the student to plan next steps.

Recommended progression

  • Apprenticeship
  • Supported Internship
  • Pre-Supported Internship
  • Further education
  • Independent living
  • Training
  • Work

Contact LIFE

Further information and queries on referrals should be sought from the SEN Case Worker.


Halow

Halow's purpose is to support young people with a learning disability on their journey into and through adult life. It aims to ensure that every person with a learning disability has the same life choices and chances as any other person.

Halow offers a blend of activities, giving young people the chance to enjoy an active social life, make new friends and find further educational and employment training. Halow operates and immerses itself in the communities of Guildford and Woking.

Buddies

Halow care is a social enterprise company which employs 'Buddies' to work on a one-to-one basis with young people to give individual support and encouragement.

Each Buddy is matched with a young person with importance being placed on mutual interests and age matching.

Social activities

Halow plan, arrange and co-ordinate social activities for over 200 young people with a learning disability.

Buildings futures

Halow's Building Futures Group (BFG) offers young people with a learning disability the opportunity to build confidence, work as part of a team, make informed choices in life and create a person-centred plan for their future.

Youth committee

Halow's Youth Committee gives young people a voice and a choice. The Youth Committee is open to all who are aged 18 and above who wish to meet friends old and new and contribute their ideas for future events.

ARTGU! (A Reason to Get Up!)

ARTGU! (A Reason to Get Up!) engages young people aged 18 and over to engage in meaningful daytime activity within the local community.

ARTGU! will provide opportunities that will give the same sense of purpose and satisfaction that other people of the same age gain from having a paid job.

Contact HALOW


Aspiring Prospects

Aspiring Prospects based in Reigate, is a training programme for young adults aged between 17 and 24 with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND), who want to find paid work.

The programme aims to help young people to gain employability skills and experience that employers' value, and the life skills to thrive in the workplace. We do this through a mix of work placements, class-based learning and structured activities. We only have places for 10 young people each year, which means we have the time to get to know the strengths, skills and aspirations of each young person, and provide the right support for them to get to where they want to be.

The programme starts in September each year and finishes in July the following year. It's aligned with the academic year, so runs for 36 weeks per year. If you join Aspiring Prospects, you would need to commit to attending for five days each week, with each day starting at 9am and finishing at 3pm.

The flexibility of the programme means if you are offered a paid job whilst you are still on the programme, you can either reduce your hours on the programme or leave with a personalised outreach support plan (POSP).

What does the programme cover?

Each week, learners will spend three days participating in classroom-based learning and structured activities, and two days in work placements. Aspiring Prospects covers four modules:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Life skills
  • Readying for work
  • Work placements

Entry requirements

For young adults aged between 17 and 24 with a Special Educational Need or Disability and are receipt of an EHCP and who want to find paid work.

Recommended progression

  • Supported Internship
  • Work
  • Apprenticeship

Surrey providers


Peer Productions

Peer Productions is an award-winning youth arts charity. Peer Productions, based in Woking, specialise in combining high quality arts practice and learning with peer education.

They tour our original productions to schools across the South East of England, performing engaging plays which support the National PSHE curriculum and tackle the issues that young people face in a compelling, compassionate, and accessible way.

Peer Employment Pathway (PEP)

Pre-Employment and Pre-Supported Internship programme for young actors and creatives with special educational needs.

PEP is a programme for young adults with SEND with a committed interest in performing arts. The primary aim of the programme is to enable participants to develop their communication and personal presentation skills to access employment, a supported internship or higher education whilst developing the necessary life skills for adulthood.

Peer Productions use drama, theatre and creativity to empower participants to develop their confidence, communication skills

and abilities to work with others providing transferable skills for employment or higher education both within and outside of the performing arts industry.

The programme is designed to support young adults who may have aspirations to work in the performing arts industry providing them with transferable skills that can enable them to succeed in workplaces both inside and outside of the performing arts industry.

PEP is made up of five key elements:

  • Performing Arts skills training
  • Industry awareness
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Projects
  • Work experience.

Who is this programme for?

  • Young people aged 18 to 24 years with SEND.
  • With a keen interest in drama and performing arts.
  • With an EHCP detailing a significant additional need.
  • Suited to an alternative approach to conventional education.
  • With the potential to be 'work ready' in 36 weeks.

Key information

  • 36 week programme.
  • Based in central Woking.
  • 3.5 days per week.
  • 3 days classroom-based learning.
  • 0.5 days work experience within Peer Productions.
  • September entry.

Entry requirements

PEP is open to any young person with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities who is in receipt of an Education, Health and Care Plan with a keen interest in drama and performing arts.

Contact Peer Productions

Website: Peer Productions


Surrey Choices - PREP (Personalised, Resilience and Engagement Programme)

PREP is a personalised, reduced hours programme that addresses barriers to engagement with education, work and everyday life. Mindful that young people may have been affected by anxiety, school refusal or other trauma, PREP work at the pace of the individual. Week by week they help young people to build resilience skills, re-engage with the world and become an active citizen.

The aim is to promote community inclusion to improve young people's health and wellbeing and facilitate your journey back into education or employment. Alternatively, individuals can move onto the Future Choices or Supported Internship programmes run by Surrey Choices.

How it works

  • The visits can be weekly or follow a more intensive schedule depending on the individual.
  • Success is not about the number of hours a young person attends, but what is actually achieved.
  • In between visits young people are given small actions to complete.
  • Examples include, cooking a family meal, researching interests, exercise goals.

A personalised one-to-one engagement plan that helps a young person to:

  • rebuild confidence and self-esteem,
  • take responsibility for their health and wellbeing,
  • take small but significant steps towards personal goals,
  • become more socially connected; and
  • develop resilience skills.

Entry requirements

PREP is open to any young person with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities who are in receipt of an Education, Health and Care Plan and would benefit from a social inclusion pathway.

Contact Surrey Choices


University

Once gaining a Level 3 qualification, university can be a real option for those interested in studying higher education, typically these are degrees (Level 6) or higher national diplomas (Level 5).

University courses usually take three years to complete and involve substantial self-directed study and research.

EHCPs cease once a young person goes to university, however learners may be entitled to claim the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). This is designed to cover any extra study-related costs incurred due to an impairment, mental health condition, or learning difficulty, it is neither a benefit nor a loan, so it doesn't need repaying.

The amount received depends on individual needs and not on personal income, nor that of parents or partners. DSA is available to both full-time and part-time students.

Related resources

Local universities

University of Surrey

University of Surrey Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH
www.surrey.ac.uk

Kingston University

Kingston University, River House, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1
www.kingston.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Please refer to individual university websites.

Recommended progression

  • Work

Accessing post-16 education support

Schools work with post-16 education providers to ensure the young person experiences a smooth transition to college, training or employment focused education. This should first be planned in the young person's Year 9 Transition Review Meeting and at subsequent reviews until the move.

The ways that the school may help the young person to prepare for moving to a post 16 education provider can include the following.

  • Taster sessions.
  • Discussions between the SENCOs at each provider to ensure the young person's needs are understood.
  • Link Courses at post 16 education providers before leaving school. These are to assist in transition planning, vocational tasting and shared understanding of need.

If the young person has an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP), this will be with them until they achieve their identified learning objectives, leave education or training permanently or turn 25 years old (whichever happens first). The support outlined in their plan must be fulfilled by their Post 16 education provider, such as a further education college.

Post 16 education providers have similar responsibilities to schools to provide reasonable support to young people with special educational needs, including when they do not have an EHCP. This could include access to a teaching assistant, specialist teachers, one to one support, therapy input, independence skills and adaptations to resources or technology to make them more accessible.

If a young person arrives at a post 16 education provider and is assessed to need more support than they could usually provide, the post 16 education provider can request an EHCP assessment, up until the young person achieves their learning objectives, leaves education or training or turns 25 years old (whichever happens first).

Support for young people on supported internships (work element) is organised by the education provider and funded via Access to Work

Support for young people on an apprenticeship (learning element) is organised by the post-16 education provider who can claim funding to meet the costs of any appropriate reasonable adjustments.


Accessing employment support (including apprenticeships)

Employers must make certain changes (known as 'reasonable adjustments') to make sure employees with disabilities and/or difficulties are not substantially disadvantaged when undertaking a job that they may find hard. These could include changing working hours or providing equipment to undertake the job.

Employees are advised to:

  • Talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace.
  • Get extra help from Access to Work, including mental health support.

For more information on reasonable adjustments, please see the UK Government guidance on Reasonable adjustments for workers with disabilities or health conditions.

Support for young people on an apprenticeship (learning element) is organised by the post-16 education provider who can claim funding to meet the costs of any appropriate reasonable adjustments.


Access to work

If the help needed at work is not covered by the employer making reasonable adjustments, further help may be able available from Access to Work.

An Access to Work grant can pay for the following.

  • Special equipment, adaptations, or support worker services to help you do things like answer the phone or go to meetings.
  • Help getting to and from work.

Access to work grants may not be available if employees already get certain benefits. They do not have to be paid back and do not affect other benefits.

You can also apply for an Access to Work grant to get mental health support.

You can apply for an Access to Work grant online.


Adults

Adults with SEND may want to continue with education to learn new skills and gain knowledge about subjects they are interested in.

Surrey Supported Learning offers an entry-level programme of courses for adult learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, as well as courses for those with hearing loss or those who want to learn Makaton.

For more information, visit the Surrey Supported Learning website.


University (Higher Education)

Many young people with SEND progress to higher education, however it is not possible to have an EHCP at University. Those who require additional support and may incur extra costs as a result of their disability may be eligible for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).

The financial support offered is based on individual need not household income and does not have to be repaid.

If a young person with an EHCP has a confirmed higher education place, with their permission, Surrey County Council will pass a copy of the EHCP to the relevant institution and to the assessor for Disabled Students Allowance.

Higher Education is funded through the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice does not apply to students in Higher Education.

For more information about the Disabled Students Allowance and how to apply, go to the Gov.uk Disabled Students Allowance webpage.


Social care services

Surrey County Council's Transition Team directly supports young people known to the Children with Disabilities (CWD) team from the age of 18 to 25, as they move from children's to adults' services.

The team is aware of the level of needs (low, medium and high) of young people coming through the transition phase to become adults. The SEND education team works with the Transition team in a joined-up manner to ensure both social care and education needs are considered in good time.

If a young person is eligible for social care support, then social care funding may form part of the options that are available when considering their route onwards from post 16 education. Any young person with a disability (or their parents or carers) can request an assessment of their social care needs.


Support for parents and carers

Parents or carers, may be eligible for a carer's assessment. The assessment will look at what you do to look after your child's health and care needs, the support that the Local Authority could offer, and potential support from other local services. This can be particularly important when children become adults, as their lifestyle may change (for example no longer being in full time education), which could affect your caring responsibilities.

You can access the carers' guide to support on the Local Offer website.


Related resources

  • For more information about SEND 19 to 25-year-olds' entitlement to EHC plans, see the Department of Education publication SEND: 19- to 25-year-olds' entitlement to EHC plans.
  • The Preparing for Adulthood website outlines how children with an EHC plan should be practically supported to develop skills for adulthood, right from when they are in the early years.
  • Supported Internships aim to equip young people aged 16 to 24 with the skills they need to help them into employment. For more information, contact employability@surreychoices.com
  • SEND Advice Surrey offers impartial advice by phone and face-to-face to parents and carers, to help improve access to services and support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Action for Carers supports and campaigns on behalf of carers in Surrey.
  • Contact offers a freephone helpline for families with disabled children and young people.