September 2020 Parent Information Evenings Preparing Post-16

This year, The Education People presented a series of Information Evenings for young people in Years 10 and 11 and their parents/carers. These were held during September 2020 and you can watch the recordings of the webinars here:

  • North Kent (Dartford, Gravesham and Sevenoaks).
  • West Kent (Maidstone, Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells).
  • East Kent (Canterbury, Swale and Thanet).
  • South Kent (Ashford, Dover and Folkestone & Hythe).

Below we have included the key points covered in the presentations and relevant links and resources to help prepare for post-16:

  • Government Guidance on the school leaving age is available on the website.
  • What are your choices after Year 11?
    • Sixth Form.
    • College.
    • Apprenticeship.
    • Traineeship.
    • Supported Internship.
    • Employment, self-employment, or volunteering with accredited training.
    • Short courses/study programmes.
    • Self-funded study.
  • To search and apply for sixth form, college, or training visit KentChoices. Young people in Year 11 will have received their log in details from their school in November.
  • To search and apply for apprenticeships visit the website or ApprenticeKent. Young people will need to register for their own accounts on each of the websites.
  • These are the things for young people to consider when applying for options after Year 11:
    • Apply for more than one course or option; always have a backup plan.
    • Consider the entry requirements; aspire to higher level courses, but also ensure you have another plan in case you don’t get the grades you expect.
    • If an apprenticeship is your chosen pathway, we would recommend you apply for another post-16 option.
    • Don’t wait until you receive your exam results to apply – make applications as early as possible in Year 11 and use your predicted grades on any applications (you can ask your school what you’re predicted for your exams).
    • Ensure you keep a log of your applications and follow up with any information they request as soon as possible.
    • Make sure your email address is appropriate, best practice is to use If you require a number in your email, use your year of birth or age.
    • Ensure your voicemail is appropriate, as potential employers and educational placements may phone you.
    • Do not use your school email address, as schools may remove your mailbox during the summer term after you leave.
    • If you have no previous employment/work experience, your school is likely to be used as a reference. Therefore, consider your attendance and behaviour at school.
    • Ensure any applications you make have been proofread to ensure there are no mistakes and you have included everything you need.
  • Where can you go to find further support?
  • Resources for parents: