Getting support as you move on from Y11
Financial – Bursary
As a young person In Care/Care Leaver you are entitled to the guaranteed 16-19 Bursary as long as you are in full-time education and attending. This is to cover expenses such as travel, lunches, equipment, trips, uniform, books etc. Speak to your school/college about the 16-19 Bursary.
This is your plan and includes where you want to live, your goals, whether you want to continue in education or get a job and your views and wishes which are taken in to account when decisions are made about your future. Set your goal where you want to be and work backwards to help making decisions, consider A Levels, aim high, always remember to have a Plan A and a Plan B.
The designated teacher or tutor at each school/college has a specific responsibility for young people who are In Care/Care Leavers. They will attend your PEP meetings.
In Year 11, a Post 16 Transition PEP meeting will take place to support the transfer from Yr 11 to Yr 12. The Designated Teacher/Tutor from your Post 16 education provider should attend. PEP meetings should continue during further education to ensure everyone is doing what they should do to support you. You should meet with someone from your education provider before the meeting to discuss what you want to say.
Extra support available
There is a lot of help available if you want it. Speak to Student Services, the Designated Teacher/Tutor or your class/subject Tutor.
This is a Virtual School of all young people In Care/Care Leavers of which you are part. There is a Head Teacher and usually someone who will have a specific responsibility for your year group. Their contact details will be on the local authority webpage.
Local Authority Apprenticeships
If you are looking to do an Apprenticeship, check the webpage for your local authority for Apprenticeships – some authorities prioritise young people In Care/Care Leavers, others offer a guaranteed interview.
Glossary of Terms
CiC – Child in Care / Children in care
CLA – Child Looked After / Children Looked After
LAC – Looked After Child / Looked After Children
YPiC – Young Person in Care / Young People in Care
CL – Care Leaver / Care Leavers