Participation Strategy Team

This team has a duty to ensure that all young people aged 16 -17 are supported to continue in education or employment with training. 

Support is also available for young people who are Looked After or Leaving Care up to the age of 21, and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to the age of 25.

How we do this:

  • Communicate with schools to identify young people in Year 11 without an offer of education or training when they leave compulsory education
  • Notifications from Schools, Colleges and Training providers when a young person “drops out”
  • The “Keeping in Touch” team contacts young people directly by telephone, text, email and social media.
  • Help You Choose Helpline for young people to contact.

0344 800 8022 email:

We signpost young people to websites and partner organisations that can help with work, training, learning and apprenticeship queries. 

Young people not in education or training can be referred to an adviser for one to one support and guidance.

Lead: Mark Horton – Tracking Co-ordinator

High needs funding

High needs funding is a pot of money provided by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) which can be accessed by providers to ensure that learners with the highest needs have an appropriate level of support in further education.

The team looks at applications and makes a judgement as to whether the support, costs and programme are appropriate for the young person’s needs.

Leads: Sara-Jane Sturman – Partnership Officer; Sam Derbyshire – Partnership Officer

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