Post 16 team supporting young people | Oxfordshire County Council

Post 16 team supporting young people

Supporting young people in developing learning and work-based skills.

About the team

The team works directly with Oxfordshire Looked After Children and Care Leavers aged 16-25 as well as with colleges, schools, training providers, Social Care, Foster Carers, Supported Housing Providers, Edge of Care services (REOC) and employers to support young people’s aspirations, skills and achievements.

We offer accredited CEIAG Career Coaching for all our young people whilst advising, supporting and challenging education providers and support services to achieve the best possible young person centred and appropriate Education, Employment and Training (EET) outcomes for our young people.

We ensure that support and plans are in place for Oxfordshire Looked After Children & Care Leavers aged 16-25 through Personal Education Plans (for those in Education & Training) and through EET Support Plans (for those not in EET).

Further information about this support is available from the Education, Employment and Training Coordinator, Mark Walker who can be contacted at or  07824 866557.

September guarantee

All young people leaving Year 11 and 12 have an entitlement to a suitable offer of learning for the following September. They do not have to take up this offer, but they have to be offered a suitable place and this offer is recorded by the Youth, Engagement, and Opportunities Team.

Raising the Participation Age (RPA)

Raising the Participation Age legislation comes into full effect from this September. The Youth, Engagement, and Opportunities Team have put together a factsheet (pdf format, 544Kb) for staff working with young people and families so that they are clear about the new rules and have some answers to the questions they may get asked by young people about this requirement to stay in learning until they are 18.

Post 16 PEPs

The Personal Education Plan (PEP) is an evolving record of what needs to happen for Looked After children and young people to enable them to make at least expected progress in line with their peers and to fulfil their potential. The PEP should reflect the importance of a personalised approach to learning that meets the identified educational needs of the student, raises aspirations and builds life chances.

The PEP is the joint responsibility of the relevant local authority and the education provider. Social workers, carers, VSHs, designated teachers and other relevant professionals will need to work together. All those involved in the PEP process at all stages should involve the student (according to understanding and ability) and, wherever appropriate, relevant family members.

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Some Sixth forms will now be required to complete Electronic PEPs.

Re-engagement in EET aged 21-25 years

Oxfordshire Care Leavers aged 21-25 to whom services have been closed but now wishing to re-engage with education or training can apply for support to help with their courses and training.

For more information about our service, what we offer and how we can help please contact
Mobile: 07824 866557
Tel: 01865 328550

Information for care leavers

Useful links and resources

For advice and information on local events and opportunities

For HE activities, information and resources

Advice, information and support for Looked After Children & Care Leavers

Support and information for Care Leavers, by Care Leavers

Last reviewed
29 September 2017
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