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Post 16 Education Vision 2019-2022

Gloucestershire County Council’s Post 16 Education Vision for Gloucestershire sets out the council’s vision and strategy to deliver a sustainable and responsive post 16 system which provides the skills and experience to enable young people to become independent, to play an active part in their community and to move into employment.  This strategy supports the overarching High Needs Strategy which was approved by Cabinet on January 30th, 2019.

Post-16 provision is the fundamental step in young people’s journey to adulthood. It should provide the skills and experience which enable them to become more independent. There should be the opportunity to learn skills which will enable them to gain employment where appropriate, to play a role in their communities and to learn how to access support from these same communities. The majority of young people are able to attend further education or employment without extra help but there are some, such as those with SEND, who are more likely to need additional support.

We want to ensure that the best transition pathway - learning, experience and support - is in place for every young person. In most cases young people move to a new educational setting at 16 and will need to become more independent. This will need careful preparation and support.  We will provide every young person with the opportunity to develop their transition pathway from Year 9 (age 14) and will provide the expert advice and guidance required for this.

We would welcome comments and feedback on the vision and strategy.  These should be addressed to Sarah Poultney at

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