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In Plymouth, we strongly believe that all young people in Plymouth, regardless of their ability or background, should achieve their full potential.

We are determined that your child should have equal access to excellent education and choice, as well as being safe, healthy, happy and resilient when learning in Plymouth.

A good place to start planning your child’s post 16 options is to think of these three questions.

  1. Where am I now? (What qualifications, skills, and interests do I have?)
  2. Where do I want to get to? (What would I like to be doing in 5 years time – job, house, children?)
  3. How will I get there? (What course or training is likely to get you where you want to go?)

Of course, at 16, young people don't necessarily know the answer to all these questions, but now is the time to start exploring information about careers, jobs and courses.

Planning your future

Options evenings and Careers Education Advice and Guidance are critical in Year 11 to ensure that your child chooses subjects that will support them planning for their future. 

By 2020, Technical Levels (T Levels) will be introduced in England as an alternative route to A Levels from Year 12.  For further information, contact your School’s Careers Coordinator for further information.       

If your child has a part time job, encourage them to balance work and school work.  Help your child build up their CV. What can they capture already? How can they build it up? Ask for help from their tutor and/or employer.

Job types and career ideas in Plymouth    Careers advice

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How you can support your child at school

Is your child on course to achieve 5 GCSEs including Maths and English at GCSE Grade 5 or above?

Yes

Your child’s options are:

  • School 6th forms
  • Further Education Colleges and Independent Training providers
  • Level 2 or Level 3 apprenticeships
  • Spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training

No

Your child’s options are:

Study towards any Level 2 academic or technical (work based) qualification at College or with a training provider whilst working towards English and Maths qualifications (GCSE or functional skills)

Studying for a Level 2 apprenticeship

Complete a pre-apprenticeship or a traineeship to prepare you for apprenticeships or college.

Negotiate with your school to retake your Maths and English GCSEs in 6th form alongside other level-3 qualifications.

Spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training

You may want to speak to an independent careers advice counsellor face to face, by telephone or online.

You may want to speak to the Career Coordinator at your school, college or training provider. Ask to receive Impartial Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance from a fully trained and accredited advisory service.

Don't know

Contact your school. You must obtain accurate feedback about your child’s current attainment.

You may want to speak to an independent careers advice counsellor face to face, by telephone or online.

You may want to speak to the Career Coordinator at your school, college or training provider. Ask to receive Impartial Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance from a fully trained and accredited advisory service.

Maths and English

Maths and English are essential skills for helping young people achieve in their lives. These subjects help young people with all the other subjects they are learning. Maths and English build confidence and self-esteem, preparing young people for the world of work in the future. 

It is a government requirement that the majority of students will be working towards a Grade 4 or above in Maths and English.  For some young people with SEND, this requirement may not be appropriate. However, it is an expectation that young people continue to develop their maths and English skills as part of any pathway into employment, independence or supported living and working.

There are lots of ways to improve your Maths and English. You can speak to your son or daughters school for further advice.

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