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Preparation for adulthood

Introduction to preparation for adulthood

Moving towards adulthood is an exciting time of new opportunities, new choices and increasing independence for all young people, whether they have additional support needs, or not.

We want all young people with special educational needs and disabilities in North Tyneside to have the opportunities to live the life of which they aspire. This section sets out the opportunities and support that are available around:

  • Learning and skills
  • Living independently
  • Participating in the local community.

Planning for the transition to adulthood for young people with an education health and care (EHC) plan will start at age 14.

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Further education

If you are thinking about further education, we can help you find the right place.

We have a list of colleges and sixth forms, both mainstream and specialist, that will assist you in finding a place that meets your individual needs.

Visit the Colleges and sixth forms page for more information.

As a further education student living in England, you may be able to apply for disabled students’ allowance (DSA). You can qualify for this, if you have any of the following:

  • Long-term health condition
  • Mental health condition
  • Specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia).

Visit GOV.UK for more information.


Maybe colleges and sixth forms aren't for you. If so, an apprenticeship could be what you're looking for.

If you're 16 or over and not in full-time education, you could gain a qualification while earning a salary working directly for an employer. Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to gain valuable workplace skills and experience.

There are over 170 industries that offer apprenticeships, with over 1,500 job roles available.

If you are interested, take a look at our Apprenticeships page for more information.

Additionally, the St Camillus Care Group offers various training programmes and work-based internships for people with learning difficulties.

You can contact the St Camillus Care Group directly by calling 0191 438 2750 or by emailing

Training and learning

We offer hundreds of local training courses and adult learning courses, in which you can enroll. There are also various funding options available to help with course fees.

Visit our Training and learning page for more information.

For any further information on what courses are available to you, how to apply and what funding options are offered, please call 0191 643 2288 and we'll guide you through the process. 


VODA provides support, advice and training to volunteers and voluntary and community organisations working in North Tyneside. They offer various volunteering opportunities, training courses and events that anyone can attend.

You could make a real difference to your community by offering your time to one of VODA's many volunteering projects.

Whether it's advice, support or volunteering opportunities you are searching for, visit VODA's website for more information.

You can also contact VODA directly by calling 0191 643 2626.

Institutions under section 41

You will find a link below to a list of all independent special schools and colleges that are approved under section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

There is also a list of non-maintained special schools (NMSS). These are schools that have been approved by the Secretary of State for Education under section 342 of the Education Act 1996.

Directgov's webpage offers guidance on all independent special schools.

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