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Planning your child’s future

It is important that you encourage your child to explore their future options around career choices, and continuing their education and training, from around the age of 14.

If you want your child to take exams, such as GCSEs, your plan must include the year your child will sit exams, deadlines for applying, where they will take exams, and you will need to be familiar with the details of the correct syllabus to follow.

Some subjects may have coursework, which will need to be marked by someone the exam board has approved.

You will also need to contact an exam centre directly and register your child for the exams. You will be responsible for the fees. Contact the exam boards below to find out more about where your nearest approved centre is.

Exam boards

Work experience

If you wish your child to complete work experience you must ensure that you have appropriate insurance in place. We can advise you on this but cannot cover the costs. Employers are responsible for carrying out risk assessments in respect of young people on work experience placements as if they were members of their staff.

14-16 College Courses

Further education colleges do offer provision to home educated 14-16-year olds. Parents should contact local colleges directly to make enquiries.

Post-16 (aged 16 to 19)

It is now government policy that all young people must stay in some form of learning until their 18th birthday (this includes children who are educated at home). If your son or daughter would like some support with finding an apprenticeship, college place or a job please contact Prospects Independent Careers Service on 01926 461 600 or the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. For further information on staying in learning go to

Should your circumstances change, and you need or want your child to return to school, you can apply for a school place by contacting our Admissions Team on 01926 414143 who will help you with the process.

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