​Preparing for Employment (post 16) – our vision and strategy

At Achieving for Children (AfC) we support young people with SEND into adulthood with paid employment, good health, independent living options and friends, relationships and community inclusion - outcomes which have been set nationally by government. We at AfC will work with young people and their families and our partners, to improve life chances for young people. We can also share good news stories about what has already worked for others. 

See some case studies (opens a new webpage)

View more on the outcomes on the Preparing for Adulthood website (opens an external website)

Support for vulnerable learners is an essential, key area of work of the Education and Skills Directorate, made up of:

Our work is supported by 14 - 19 Partnership, made up of our local learning providers (schools, colleges, apprenticeship providers) and other partners, which meets 5 times a year. The Partnership has signed up to our 16-19 Participation Strategy 2015/16 – 2018/19 that sets out targets against which our work is measured:

Download the 16-19 Participation Strategy 2015/16 – 2018/19 (opens a pdf)

Education and Skills Directorate – what we do

Local authorities have a statutory (legal) duty to support and encourage all 16 and 17 year olds into education and training.   For young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) this duty extends up to age 25.  AfC’s 14 -19 team, on behalf of Kingston and Richmond Councils, works with other AfC services to meet this duty.   Our role is to identify young people who are at risk of being NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) or who are NEET (or Not Known) and support them into positive destinations.  Our key "Risk of NEET " indicator is non achievement of 5 GCSEs A*- C (or equivalents).  Tracking is undertaken on an ongoing basis so that any young person who needs our help with post 16 options, is offered support at the earliest opportunity.

Around 29% of those ‘at risk of NEET’ across Kingston and Richmond have a Special Educational Need or a disability (SEND) and require additional support (2016/17 Year 11 figures). Some young people who need additional support are not eligible for an Education, Health and Care Plan but may still need an additional layer of SEN support to help them progress towards their adult goals. We recognise this and track progress of SEN Support learners to ensure they move into a positive post 16 place in learning where they can access the appropriate level of support.