When your child reaches the age of 16 they can choose to continue wiith home education if they wish. Alternatively, other options are detailed below.
Return to a school with a sixth form if there is one in your area
You need to contact the school/college as early as possible and make an appointment to see the headteacher. Schools offer a range of courses including Advanced, A/S level and vocational courses. Your child may also be able to take GCSEs.
College of further education (FE)
When your child is 15+ (year 10) send for a prospectus (or access one online) from your local FE college and check through the qualifications they may need and the courses on offer.
Applications need to be in by January of year 11 but in the autumn term, it may be advisable to contact the admissions tutor at the college and make an appointment with a head of department or principal to talk about elective home education and your child’s achievements. You may need to take examples of work done.
Many FE colleges run open days during the year which you may wish to attend.
Work-based training or modern apprenticeships
This is an excellent route if your child wishes to start work and gain some work-based qualifications. Contact CSW Group early in year 11 since applications for work-based training are usually completed via them.
You, with the help of CSW, or on your own, will have to find an appropriate work placement with an employer prepared to take on a trainee.
Young Devon – Change Academy
Young Devon provides free courses, training and support; helping you, or your child (aged 16-25), reach their full potential.
The Young Devon ‘Change Academy’ delivers a range of qualifications that provide progression routes into work or higher level training; learning skills for life and gaining valuable work experience. Young Devon provides a different way to learn, in a way that works best for you.
If you sign up you can expect:
- personal support and regular one-to-one coaching; Young Devon work with you, around your personal circumstances
- small groups, working closely together
- short or long courses
- real opportunities for work experience with local businesses, which lead to greater career opportunities
Through personalised support, Young Devon ensures successful completion of the course and the fulfilment of your next steps.
Find out more about the different options available through the Change Academy website.