The government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training, requiring them to continue until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 from 2013 and until their 18th birthday from 2015.
This means that pupils who left year 11 in summer 2013 need to continue in education or training until at least the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. Pupils starting year 11 or below in September 2013 will need to continue until at least their 18th birthday.
This does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post-16, which could be through:
- full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider
- full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training
- an apprenticeship
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All students receive careers education as part of the personalised curriculum. For example, in Year 8 students receive guidance on choosing options, and in Year 11 students look further at the choices post 16 and how to apply for course via the UCAS Progress system.
A Careers Adviser from Sheffield Futures, Ms Hancock, is employed by the school and all Year 11 students are offered impartial advice and a careers interview. Further advice and guidance is available throughout the year and Vivien offers a drop in service at lunchtime when she is in school. Year 10s and 9s are also seen by the Careers Adviser on recommendation by Heads of House etc. In addition, A TYS worker (Ann Wallace) from Sheffield Futures is advised of students who are in danger of becoming NEETs and these are seen by Ann on a regular basis through Learning Support.
There are careers resources available in our Resource Centre and students are directed to the National Careers Service website and the Sheffield Futures websites via PSHCEE and the MLE where other resources are available.
Students have access to the very useful Kudos/Careerscape program; PSHCEE tutors will advise students on how to create a password.
Useful Websites and Programs
There are many careers websites and useful information on the web but these are particularly useful;