Post 16 Support

Since September 2014, some young people have been able to receive support through an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan until they are 25 years old. Before, statements of special educational needs stopped at 19 years old for young people* who were in school.

The support that young people with special educational needs or disabilities receive from age 16 will encourage young people to make decisions, and develop skills and qualifications that will enable them to achieve their aspirations and move into adulthood with confidence. Young people who have an EHC plan will be supported to move out of their plan and access the adult services they need.

* A child is a person under compulsory school age. A young person is a person over compulsory school age but under 25. A person is no longer of compulsory school age after the last day of summer term during the year in which they become 16.

Education, Health and Care Plans

Education, Health and Care plans replaced Learning Difficulty Assessments and Statements.

You won’t get a plan unless you have significant support needs.

Education, Health and Care Plan.

Education Health and Care plans are a lot more focused on the individual person and will help young people get the support they need.

Education, Health and Care Plan tailored to measure.

Post 16 Resources

  • Annual Health Checks
  • Personal Budgets
  • Which Way? Your Way! – A guide to your post-16 options.
  • Devon and Cornwall Training Providers Network
  • Skills Elevators – Do you want to know about a particular sector or job role, or are interested in how your career could progress? The skills elevators allow you to see, read and explore potential job roles and requirements at different levels within a sector.
  • Skills Launchpad Plymouth: Youth Hub – Free and impartial advice on returning to education, finding a job or an apprenticeship, starting your own business or making plans for your future.
  • Your Future – A five-week bespoke programme being delivered by On Course South West designed to support young people back into employment, education or training. This programme is for young people aged 19-25* (*some opportunities available for 16-18 year olds).