Year 9 is when pupils at mainstream schools choose the GSCE topics they would like to study next year.
If your child isn't working at GCSE level, ask the school about other qualifications to work towards.
These might include:
- Entry-level qualifications: you can take these in traditional subjects, or vocational subjects and life skills.
- Functional skills qualifications: focus on practical skills in English, maths or ICT. They give you the confidence to get the most out of work, education and everyday life.
- BTEC qualifications: work-related courses, allowing students to go on to further education or work.
If your child attends a specialist provision that goes up to Year 14 you might want to start thinking about whether they stay there until the end of year 14 (aged 19 ) or whether they should transfer to a college course at 16.
If you have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, your Year 9 plan review - and every review afterwards - includes a focus on preparing for adulthood.
Preparing for adulthood planning should:
- support you into further education and/or work
- prepare you for independent living
- help you to look after your health in adult life
- support you to participate in society, including help to develop and maintain friendships and relationships.