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What Support Can You Access in Secondary Education?

When you move school from Primary to Secondary School, or if you need to move part way through a year, the Education of Children in Care Secondary team will make sure that the change goes as smoothly as possible. We will attend meetings and help to make plans to support you whatever that entails. Your PEP meetings will continue and the PEP document will continue to be very important to the planning of your education.

We will make sure that your school is aware of the need for confidentiality.

Wherever possible we will ensure that if you move placements you will stay at the same school.

Click on the boxes below for when and where we can help you during your time in secondary education.

General Support

The Education of Children in Care Service will allocate an Education Improvement Officer to support you from Year 7 through to Year 11. The staff will attend PEP meetings and make sure that you are given the best opportunity of succeeding in your learning.

They may provide one-to-one sessions in school or arrange other activities to support your education.

You should have access to a computer at home. If you haven't, talk to your Social Worker about this.

We can help to sort out your homework problems.

To get the best out of your education you need to be in school every day.


Your school will be able to offer you advice, support and guidance about choosing your options and your Designated Teacher will also be able to help you with this.

Youth Workers

Youth Workers, including Sam Langridge, run an alternative education programme with a small group of young people. This is called the Blueprint Project and it is for Year 9 to 11 students who are experiencing difficulties in school.

The Blueprint Project takes place on a weekly basis in term time at Mountfield's Lodge Youth Centre in Loughborough. It has the aim of improving social skills, working towards basic skills qualifications in Maths and English and issue-based work. Young people are encouraged and supported in returning to school or with moving on to college or employment. This is mainly with school years 10 and 11 but we have occasionally worked with younger and older young people. Referral to this project will come from your social workers as part of a Personal Education Plan (PEP) review and in consultation with your school.

This is what some young people have said about Blueprint:

"I go to the Blueprint project which is about our education. Since I've been working with them, I've increased my confidence no end. They've helped me because they've listened to me and what I've got to say. They haven't told me what to do, but have just given me advice. They talk to me like I'm a real person, discussing the risks but not looking down on me. They always seem to have time for us – even when they're really busy and they never make us feel like we're in the way."

"Being on the project has encouraged me to go back to school. Getting to know them is a lot easier than other workers because they make time to talk to us about things that are important to us, not what everyone else thinks should be important to us. They respect our opinions and they make me feel like what I say is important. They've helped me with my education by encouraging me and I've passed my ALAN tests in English and Maths by working with them."

We also work one to one with a small number of young people who need a higher level of support to help them remain in education or before they are ready to attend the Blueprint Project. This work can support re-engagement with school, or transitions into college.

For more information about the ECIC Youth Service, please click here.

Year 11

Most 16 and 17 year olds already choose to carry on their education past Year 11. The Government has changed the law so that everyone has to carry on with some kind of education or training until their 18th birthday.

Staying in education doesn't have to mean staying in school, and there are a number of options you can choose:

  • Study full-time in a school, college or with a training provider;
  • Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training;
  • An Apprenticeship (www.apprenticeships.org.uk).

Your school should give you guidance and information on all of the options open to you. Talk to your teachers if you want some help to decide what's right for you. You can contact the National Careers Service for impartial advice at any time by visiting https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.

You can also get advice from a trained adviser by contacting the helpline, which is open from 8.00am to 10pm, seven days a week on 0800 100 900, or for text messages on 07766 413 219.

For further information click https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

Beyond Year 11

There is a range of support available to help you beyond Year 11. If you have not achieved level C or above in both English and maths GCSE talk to your Social Worker to see if any extra help is available.

Your school can provide clear advice and guidance to help you to choose what to do after Year 11 and the Designated Teacher will help you with this.

Your college should be aware of the need to respect confidentiality.

Your designated Social Worker can provide lots of support post-16 and will be able to help you if you decide to go to university.

If you need further help with post-16 choices or if you go to school outside Leicestershire and want some support, email virtualschool@leics.gov.uk who will make sure someone contacts you to discuss these issues.