The Next Step – Post 16 Options

The Next Step - Post 16 Options 1

Year 11 students are now required to stay in some kind of education when they leave high school until they are 18. This can be an apprenticeship, training or part-time education alongside working/volunteering; they must make the right decision for themselves. Making an informed choice can be very difficult and many school leavers find themselves as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

It is important that we encourage our young people to pursue their passions and skills further to avoid missing out on progression into a career, and more importantly a career they enjoy. This show aims to ease some of the worries post-16 options present. It highlights the importance of making well-informed decisions and how those around us can influence us, both positively and negatively.


Lucy has hidden her mock exam results from her mum, they weren’t great. She decides that school just isn’t for her and so she looks to her post-16 options. Her older brother seems to like his apprenticeship and her boss at the salon seems to love self-employment. With more options available than ever before, she needs to decide on the next step.

The performance can be followed by a ‘Question and Answer’ session with the cast to help outline their own career progression and how they explored the options available to them.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Give information about all post-16 options available.
  2. Encourage individuals to make a well-informed realistic decision about the next step in their education.
  3. Signpost support such as career advisors, teachers, and other significant professionals.
  4. Outline routes available including A-Levels, BTECs, vocational subjects and apprenticeships.
  5. Dispel myths surrounding career progression, earnings and qualifications for school leavers.
  6. Help students understand the pressures.

“Just wanted to say a big thank you for your performance yesterday, hilarious and pitched so well as usual. The teachers gave some really nice feedback, saying it was one of their best Uni visits ever. After looking at the young people's feedback, the performance stood out the most and was the most enjoyable aspect. Woop!”
Jessica Newton
Higher Horizons+, NCOP Officer

”Thanks to you all, the show the kids really enjoyed it and it was pitched perfectly! You always bring the right message”
Laura Melling
Senior Pastoral Co-ordinator, St. John Fisher Catholic High School

“2engage’s performance of ’Risking It All’ covered a variety of topics in a sensitive and hard-hitting way. It’s a really good drama that not only brings to life the issues that are hard to communicate to young people, but also the behaviour that sees vulnerable people fall into situations where they are at risk of exploitation in the form of inappropriate relationships and social media.”
Gareth Cheeseman
Project Development Officer, Esteem Resource Network

“A powerful performance by 2engage today at North Wales Safeguarding Conference. Great potential for drama to educate #CSE”
Sally Holland
Children’s Commissioner for Wales

“I just wanted to highlight what I wrote specifically to you. A student of ours has made a major disclosure regarding sexual abuse with very specific acts of ‘grooming’ that was highlighted in the performance. She stated to us yesterday that she felt able to talk about this because of the ‘Risking It All’ session. She thanked us for bringing you in and wanted to thank you for giving her the awareness and courage to tell us. This issue is now being dealt with by the police. Thank you. Sincerely.”
Lucy Ainscow
Assistant Principle, UCEA Academy.

At A Glance

Age Group: Year 10-11
Key Stage: Key Stage 4
Duration: 50 minutes
Group Size: 5-300
Resource Pack: No
Follow Up Workshop: No