Leaving school - What next?
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Top Tips for Year 11's
What is available for Children in Care and Care Leavers at the colleges and universities in Kent and Medway? Click here to find out.
There are lots of different things you can do in Sixth Form or College. Think about what subjects you find interesting and enjoyable and what job you might like to do in the future. This can help you identify the best courses or qualifications to fit your interests and skills. Possibilities include A-Levels, BTECs, Apprenticeships, NVQs, HNDs and HNCs.
Young people in care may also be entitled to receive a bursary of up to £1200 per year. This can be used to help pay for books, travel, food and other materials that you need for your course. Not all colleges distribute this money in the same way so speak to the Designated Member of Staff for LAC at your college so that you get all the financial support that you are due. Usually you will need to provide proof of being in care, like a letter from you social worker. Be aware though that this is an alternative to and not an addition to the Educational Maintenance Allowance.
Click here for a summary of support available at the colleges in Kent and Medway.
University and Higher Education
There are so many options for young people wanting to go to university in terms of what you want to study and where. Your Personal Advisor or Social Worker can help you by identifying courses that might be right for you. You can get university prospectuses in libraries, online or you request them by phone or email. Many universities will have open days and some may offer Summer Schools as well. If you are thinking of moving away it is wise to research the area that the university is in so you know what else there is to do while you’re there.
You will still be eligible for financial support from the local authority while you are at university. Universities will also offer a range of emotional support for students including mentoring and learning support for those that need it.
Click here for a summary of the support you will receive and information from the Kent universities about what they will offer to you as a Care Leaver.
The H.E. Handbook for Care Leavers, developed by the Who Cares? Trust is an online resource that sets out the support that care leavers can expect from English and Scottish universities and colleges – including outreach work, bursaries, grants and welfare and accommodation support – and will help them in choosing where to apply for higher education courses. You can download the guide here.
Raising the Participation Age
In June 2015, the rules changed about when you can finish school and education
What does it mean for you?
You will be expected to stay in learning or training for longer
What choices do you have?
You can do any one of these:
From June 2013:
From June 2015:You have to continue with some kind of education or training until you are 18, even if you are working
The important thing is that you are continuing to learn!
What you need to know
Who Can Help
What support is available for Children in Care and Care Leavers in Further Education in Kent and Medway?
For Kent Children in Care and Care Leavers, aged 16 years and over, support is available from the Colleges in Kent and Medway. Each College has a Designated Member of Staff (DMS) and their role is to be the main point of contact for the young person, Social Worker, Foster Carer and other professionals. They liaise with Course Tutors and make sure the young person is accessing all the support they need to ensure there are no barriers to learning. The DMS can meet with the young person before they become a student or over the summer break to help settle any nerves and to support transition. Click here for DMS contact details, financial support information and application details for colleges near you.
National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL)
Universities and Colleges in Kent and Medway