Post 16 and care leavers

Post 16 team supporting young people

Our post 16 team support young people in developing their learning and work-based skills.

The team works directly with looked after children and care leavers to support their aspirations, skills and achievements.

We advise, support and challenge education providers and support services to achieve the best possible education, employment and training outcomes for our young people.

We make sure that support is in place for our looked after children and care leavers through participation plans.

September guarantee

All young people leaving Year 11 and 12 have an entitlement to a suitable offer of learning for the following September. They do not have to take up this offer, but they have to be offered a suitable place and this offer is recorded by the Elevate team.

Raising the Participation Age

Raising the Participation Age legislation came into effect in 2015. 

The Virtual School works with Elevate and supports staff working with young people and families to make sure they are clear about the requirements to stay in learning until the age of 18 as well as the range of options that are available to them.

Post 16 participation plans

The participation plan is an evolving record of what needs to happen for looked after children to enable them to make at least expected progress in line with their peers and to fulfill their potential.

The plan should reflect the importance of a personalised approach to learning that meets the identified educational needs of the student, raises aspirations and builds life chances.

The plan is the joint responsibility of the local authority and the education provider. Social workers, carers, VSHs, designated teachers and other relevant professionals will need to work together.

All those involved in the process at all stages should involve the student (according to understanding and ability) and, wherever appropriate, relevant family members.

Re-engagement in education, employment and training

Bracknell Forest care leavers who wish to re-engage with education or training can apply for support from the Leaving Care Service to help with courses and training.
This service is for 21 to 25 year olds, where services have been closed.