Staying on at school
Schools offer a variety of courses in the Sixth Form. Some courses will help students develop independence skills, others may deliver vocational and academic qualifications.
Colleges of further education offer a wide range of courses, both vocational and academic, for students with both moderate and severe learning difficulties and provide additional support to enable disabled students and those with learning difficulties to access mainstream courses.
If local provision can’t meet a young person’s needs they may be able to access a place at a specialist college. Specialist colleges offer very specific education programmes to meet particular needs (for example autism, visual or hearing impairment, or learning difficulties). The majority of specialist colleges are residential but in some cases day places are available.
Funding for students attending specialist colleges is currently accessed through the local authority and the Young People’s Learning Agency.