Options after leaving school

This section will look at the provision available in Adult Services, which can be accessed by young people after leaving school.  There are four main options for a young person supported by an Education Health and Care Plan and/or Adult Social Care pending eligibility (see social care support below) to consider when they are looking at the opportunities available after they leave school. These are:

Continued Education

The Government has increased the age to which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training to at least their 18th birthday.  This does not mean young people must stay in school. They are able to choose from:

  • full-time education (e.g. at a school or college) Please note: It is only if, on assessment, the local college(s) cannot meet you or your child's needs that specialist options can be considered; 
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship; or
  • part-time education or training combined with one of the following: 
    • employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
    • volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.

The following have provided support on how to apply to their College: 

Community Options

  • Local community assets
  • Day opportunities


  • Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service


  • Disability Employment Advisor (DEA),  Jobcentre Plus
  • Supported employment i.e. Imagine Independence

Page last reviewed: 30/03/2023

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