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Post 16 education and training (SEND)

When your child is nearing school leaving age, you might find it useful to have a discussion with your school's specialist careers adviser, to better understand the available post 16 education and training opportunities in Herefordshire.  The adviser will be able to present different options to you and your child, including mainstream and special schools, study programmes, apprenticeships and colleges of further education.

Supported internships

A supported internship is a structured study programme, which is based primarily with an employer.  The internship is unpaid and normally lasts for a minimum of six months.  The young person will complete a personalised study programme, which includes the chance to study for relevant qualifications, where appropriate, along with English and maths. 

Wherever possible, internships aim to support young people to move into paid employment upon completion.  For those aged 16 to 24 with an Education, Health and Care plan, it helps them to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the necessary skills they need for work, through appropriate workplace learning.   

To find out more, take a look at the Preparing for Adulthood website.

Education and training providers

There are two colleges of further education within the county:

There are also two specialist school sixth form centres in Herefordshire:

Visit the WISH leaving school pages for universal / non-specialist options.


Independent specialist colleges

There are a number of independent specialist colleges around the country, which provide day and residential education programmes for young people with complex learning difficulties and / or disabilities, who require a high level of expertise and support to transition into adulthood. 

To find out more, please visit the Natspec website.