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My Education


My Education

You will need to stay in some type of full time education until you are 18 years of age, this is called the Participation Age.

You have the right to a good quality education and will be encouraged to achieve the highest level of education that you can. Your education is important. It will help you to build skills and prepare for adulthood, including being ready for work. Your education doesn’t have to stop when you reach 18 it can continue for longer depending on what skills you would like to learn.


School is where you go to learn, Primary School is for 5-11 year olds and Secondary School is for 11-16 year olds.

Some schools are called Academies, these are independent schools who receive their funding from central government and they manage their own admissions process, this means that you may have to sit an exam for admission.

To see all the Schools in Telford & Wrekin take a look at the Schools and Learning page.

Telford & Wrekin Schools and Learning

You can also find out when the terms start and end to plan your holidays.

School Term Dates

You can also see your School’s Menu Choices if you have School Meals and learn more about if you are entitled to free school meals or how to pay.

School Menus

Free School Meals

School Meals Payments

My Post 16 Transition

Lots of information about your Post 16 Transition is available on the Preparing for Adulthood pages of the Local Offer. This guidance is for all young people who have an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Preparing for Adulthood – Guidance for Young People applying for Post 16 Education with an EHCP

What happens during the transition process?

Telford & Wrekin Placements

How to apply for a Placement

What do qualifications mean?

Careers Advice information and support

Colleges (Post 16) & Sixth Forms


Colleges offer a range of courses including A Levels, GCSE’s, Functional Skills, Apprenticeships and BTEC Vocational Courses. They also have specialist courses to aid your personal development that can support you to build independent living skills. The advantage to attending College is to gain your independence and study the course that you are interested in.

For more information and to see what local Colleges are available take a look at the Preparing for Adulthood Page on the Local Offer

Colleges Further Education – Telford & Wrekin Placements

Specialist Post 16 Providers

Telford College – Willow Tree Centre

The Willow Tree Centre provides a safe and stimulating working environment for learners and all staff to ensure students experience a rich and exciting curriculum tailored to your specific needs.

Specialist Post 16 Providers Further Education – Telford & Wrekin Placements

Derwen College

Derwen College has a branch in Telford, to study here you would need to be working at entry level and have an Education Health and Care Plan. The college offers courses on business support and hospitality that include work based placements.

Derwen College

Sixth Forms

Sixth Form centres provide A Levels and are normally attached to a School, if you have an Education, Health and Care Plan you will still be supported to study your A Levels.

For more information and to see what local Colleges are available take a look at the Preparing for Adulthood Page on the Local Offer

Sixth Forms Further Education – Telford & Wrekin Placements


A University is where a high level of education can be studied, this includes degrees, PhD’s, Masters Degree and academic research. 

Please visit the "Going to University" page for more informartion if you are a young person with SEND.

University’s that are local to Telford are:
University of Wolverhampton

Harper Adams University

University of Birmingham

Open University provides distance learning in your own time.

There are lots of University’s in England and you need to apply to the one that delivers the course that you would like to study, lots of people live away from home to attend University. Take a look at UCAS to find out more about studying at University and your options.

Apprenticeships & Learning on the job

Vocational Training (Learning on the Job)

Vocational training or learning as you do the job is offered in many different areas, most training providers will also offer the chance to complete your Functional Skills including Numeracy and Literacy (Maths and English).

For more information and to see what local training providers are available take a look at the Preparing for Adulthood Page on the Local Offer

Vocational Training


Apprenticeships are another way of learning on the Job, it’s a way to gain skills, knowledge and experience you need to access many different careers. They combine work, training and study, letting you ‘earn while you learn’.

Apprenticeships are available in many different areas of work to find out more about how to become an apprentice.

Apprenticeship guide

Careers Advice

You should have the opportunity to speak to a Careers advisor in your school, they will be able to talk to you about what choices and options are available for you. They can suggest opportunities for you to consider and help you to create a Career Action Plan, think about what Jobs you would like to do in the future and then you can ask them what qualifications will be needed to do that role.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service ( can help you with your choices, take a look at their website to find out what training and qualifications you need for your future Career choice.

Take a look at the Skills Assessment ( to see what Job you may be suited to, or take the Skills Health Check ( to find out what type of job would suit you.

Future Focus

Some schools in Telford us the Future Focus Service to provide Careers advice. This is an impartial, free, Careers advice service for young people. They provide information and guidance on planning your future career and can help you if things get in the way of your learning and look at support services that can help.

You can also access the service through a drop in at Southwater One.

Southwater One, Southwater Square, Southwater, Telford, TF4 4JG

Monday – Friday  9-5

Phone: 01952 388988



To take a look at the Future Focus Transition Pack: Download Transition Pack

Alternative ways to learn

My Options Skills and Enterprise Hub

The Skills and Enterprise Hub offers work based training giving people opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and confidence enhancing their opportunities to move towards to world of work. At the Hub they support people to develop new skills making a wide range of high quality, excellent value products and delivering services for sale to the public.

Find out more about Skills and Enterprise Hub

Supported Internships

A Supported Internship is a programme to help young people with SEND into the workplace. In Telford the opportunity is delivered as part of a national project called Interns and Outcomes ( it offers young people the opportunity to receive work based learning, providing an opportunity to move from education to paid employment or further study.

To find out more about supported Internships in Telford and how to apply