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Professional Resources

When you move to secondary school, the Virtual School team will make sure that the change goes as smoothly as possible. Your PEP meetings will continue and we’ll keep making plans to support you, whatever that involves.

Teacher helps teenage student who is working on a laptop

We’ll allocate an Education Improvement Officer to you. They will make sure that you’re given the best chance of succeeding and can arrange out of school activities and sometimes one-to-one tuition either at school or at home.

To get the best out of your education, you need to go to school every day and try your best. We’ll be with you every step of the way though and if you need any advice or support, your designated teacher will also be able to help. You should have access to a computer at home. If you haven’t, please let your social worker know.

Year 8 and 9

This is your chance to choose the subjects you really want to do in Year 10 and 11!

You will have to take some exams, but the decisions you make now and the effort you put in could make a big difference to your future. Here’s our advice…

  • Make sure you know when the Options Evenings are at school. This is when you’ll learn more about the different subjects available.
  • Tell your parent or carer and ask them to come along to the Options Evenings with you.
  • Talk to your teachers, designated teacher, your Virtual School Improvement Officer, or look in the careers section of your school library or speak to the careers advisor.​



Year 11

Most teenagers choose to continue their education past Year 11 and everyone has to carry on with some kind of education until they are 18, even if they’re working. This doesn’t have to mean staying at school though, there are options available.

  • Study full time in a school, college or with a training provider
  • Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training
  • An apprenticeship

Your school should explain all of these options to you and give you some guidance. You can also contact the National Careers Service for advice by visiting , calling 0800 100 900 between 8am-10pm 7 days a week or send a text to 07766 413 219.


    Whatever you decide to do, this should be a really exciting time for you because you’ll become more independent and hopefully be studying or working in an area that you have a genuine interest in.





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