Education for young people with SEND
Getting advice about your options
Connexions provide guidance for young people to help make positive decisions about pathway options and provides support with practical activities such as applications, CVs and interview preparation.
We work with young people in Derby, who are over compulsory school age and under 19. We can help young people to participate in education or training and advise where to look for employment opportunities.
We also support young people aged 19 to 25 with a maintained Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
For more information about Connexions and the services they offer, view the Connexions and Derby Training Providers Network Services Guide.
Apprenticeships are paid jobs which allow young people to earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain skills and experience.
They can take between one and four years to complete, depending on the level of apprenticeship, ability, and the industry sector.
More information about apprenticeships and opportunities in Derby can be found on our Apprenticeships page.
Post 18 options
From the age of 18, young people can attend a higher education setting, for example a local university.
Post 16 options
Mainstream sixth form or college
Most young people choose to stay in education by attending a sixth form or a college. Young people may be able to attend a sixth form or college of their choice if they meet the entry criteria.
Local specialist education and training provider
Specialist education and training providers are available to you if you are over the age of 16 and 19. To attend you will need an education, health and care (EHC) plan or have complex needs.
Adult education courses
Our adult education centres teach languages, fitness, counselling, computing and history.