Choosing your options at school and what to do after Y11 are important decisions for anyone. There are different pathways available to you, so make sure you know all of the choices as you move on to the next exciting chapter in your life.
Exams and tests can be a challenging part of school life for young people, but there are ways to ease the stress.
Children and young people who experience stress may:
Parental pressure can be damaging for a young person. If a parents expectations are too high, it can cause stress.
Every parent knows his or her child's potential. The problem is that they are not ready to accept it. They think they can push the child beyond his capacity by putting them in special classes.
This causes maximum stress in the child.
Having someone to talk to about school work can help. This can be support from a parent/carer, a teacher or friend. Speak to a member of school staff who you feel comfortable with. Don’t let the stress build up.
If you’re trying to figure out the ideal ‘next step’ for you, start by thinking about what you’re good at, what you enjoy doing and where you see yourself in the future.
If you know what you want to do that’s great! But if you are still not sure, think about the skills you have and how you could use them in the workplace.
In England, students have to stay in education or training until their 18th birthday. For more information on this please see the >log on | move on> link opposite to find out about available support.
If you have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, please see the >log on | move on> link opposite to find out about available support.
Some subjects are compulsory at GCSE level and have to be taken by all young people. The compulsory subjects are:
Some schools make other subjects compulsory, so it is worth checking what you are required to do at your school.
Whatever you are planning to do in the future it is now a requirement for you to retake both maths and English GCSEs, until you obtain a Grade 4 in the new GCSE grading system.
At 16, you have many more choices open to you than you had at 14, including which type of qualification pathway might suit you best. Bear in mind that you can move between pathways later and that progression to higher education is possible from all pathways.
> log on | move on > is a website for young people to search and apply for courses in and around the Hull and East Riding area. The website features an online prospectus that anyone can access, to search for courses and opportunities, and the option to search for training and education providers. There is also an application system that lets young people create an account and apply for different courses through one application form.
Another section of the > log on | move on > website, is the Information and Inspiration area. This gives young people and parents/carers the chance to gain further information and advice about the different options available. Different sections include:
Next Steps after Year 11
Get Inspired About Your Future Career
Developing Your Employability Skills
Do you have additional needs?
Getting a part-time job whilst you are still in school is a great way to learn some new skills and gain experience, as well as earning a bit of cash!
If you are still in school and interested in getting a job there are a few things you need to check first. Make sure you know about the following: