Over 16 Zone

Welcome to the SENDIASS Over 16 Zone that gives you information about your choices and explanations of what your next steps are after leaving school, college and university.

Stoke on Trent Local Authority remains committed to continuously improving and delivering the best educational and career opportunities so that you can achieve your full potential through education as you progress to the world of work.

In the UK there is no reason why students with disabilities or other special educational needs cannot join colleges and universities. Support is usually good; under the Equality Act 2010 all universities and colleges have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to their services.  From 2014, it is compulsory for young people to stay in education, employment or training until their 18th birthday.

Education and training can be summarised as:

  • Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider

  • Full-time work or volunteering (20 hours or more) combined with part-time education or training or

  • An apprenticeship or traineeship


If college and university are not for you, there are a range of alternative pathways into employment, including traineeships and those where you can 'earn as you learn' such as apprenticeships.


This section will also give you information, advice and guidance for those not engaged in education or employment. You can find out here who to contact to ensure you get back on the right track both through education or work.

In this section you will find information about:


Find out here about:


Other leaflets/timetables about health and social care have also been uploaded: