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Preparing for adulthood: Education

Becoming an adult: Education

We'll make sure that all young people and their parents or carers get the information, advice and support they need when moving from school into: 

  • Further education
  • Training
  • Employment
  • Adult Social Care Services

The new Children and Families Act means that there have been some changes to the support young people get.

If you have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Learning Disability Assessments, then this will be replaced by an Education Health and Care Plan.

The Education Health and Care Plan will be reviewed at least once a year. This is especially important as you get closer to leaving school and becoming an adult. Find out more on the reviewing Education, Health and Care Plans page.

Search the services directory to find education and training options once you're 16.  

 If you decide you're not going to stay in education then your Education Health and Care Plan will stop when you leave.

Other support you get will carry on if agreed. For example this could be from social care or health services. They will have their own arrangements to provide:

  • A plan setting out what you want to achieve
  • The support needed to meet achieve what you want
  • How this will be provided

Finding a job

Go to the becoming an adult: jobs and careers page.

If you're a student and you have a disability or long term health condition you can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) on the UK Government website

The amount you can get depends on your individual needs and the type of course you're doing.

You can find out more about Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) by watching this short film:

Other financial help is also available for students: 


As young people develop, and increasingly form their own views, they should be
involved more and more closely in decisions about their own future.

Visit our when can a young person make their own decisions web page to find out more.

To find more support services search the children and young people with additional needs directory.

Useful websites and resources which go into more details about preparing for adulthood:

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