Click below the DfE guide for young people;

The following leaflets have been produced for young people explaining changes to the special educational needs and disability support system. Topics covered are:

  • making decisions about your support
  • the local offer
  • education, health and care (EHC) plans
  • post-16 options for support

These can be accessed at along with a series of five related video clips featuring young people with special educational needs and disabilities explaining the changes and what they mean for them.


Shooter Hill Sixth Form College provide a safe, challenging and great environment for young people.



Riverston Sixth Form is our offering for students of 16 years and beyond.  Our aim is to offer an appropriate mix of courses and programmes that can best meet the needs of our students, and will allow them to achieve success, realise their ambitions and to progress further, whether that be on to further study, into employment, or through developing a range of life skills which furthers their independence, confidence and self-belief.



John Ruskin College promotes equality of opportunity for all students


ST FRANCIS XAVIER SIXTH FORM COLLEGE  –  Balham – Borough of Wandsworth

If you have a disability including a sensory impairment or a learning difficulty for example – Dyslexia or Asperger’s Syndrome – please be assured that you will receive tailor-made support from trained specialists who receive continuous updates in their training.


Lewisham Virtual School has collated information on colleges in Lewisham.



Livability Nash College is an independent specialist further education college for disabled people aged 19-25.



Lewisham Southwark College is a college of further education, based at three sites in Lewisham, Deptford, and Southwark.



London South East Colleges provides education and training for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Lewisham Works Young Futures

Lewisham Works Young Futures service can offer support with your next step. This could be education, training, employment, apprenticeships and careers advice. The service is for Lewisham residents aged 18-24 who are not in work and provides a personalised one-to-one specialist information, advice and guidance, providing access to training, job and other development opportunities. Young Futures also publishes a weekly Jobs and Opportunities Bulletin email with a range of local opportunities available. To register:  or email

There is a sister service for 25+ residents: contact , and a service for 16 – 18 year olds : contact or drop in to Unit 19 Lewisham Shopping Centre, opposite H&M rear entrance.



– Building People, Changing Minds (BPCM) is a pilot project aimed at placing adults with learning disabilities, mental ill health and people seeking sanctuary into voluntary work placements. The project is a partnership between Lewisham Local, Lewisham Speaking Up and Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network, and co-produced by people with lived experience.

BPCM coordinate four month long voluntary work placements which will see the participant’s workplace confidence, self-esteem and capacity to self-advocate grow. Placements can be any number of hours per day and days per week from part time to full time.

– Government funded supported internships are a structured, work-based study programme for 16 to 24-year-olds with SEND, who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan. The core aim of a supported internship study programme is a substantial work placement, facilitated by the support of an expert job coach.

Supported interns (or their learning provider on their behalf) can get an application form for supported internships by calling the Access to Work helpline number on 0800 121 7479.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Our vision is a world where children and families are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life.


NHS MeeTwo

The MeeTwo app provides a safe and secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives.


South London and Maudsley Resources for Young People

We support children, young people and their parents or carers in Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon. We also operate specialist outpatient and inpatient services that are available to people living in London, and across the UK.


Young Minds

Leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.



The Kooth team are here to provide free, safe and anonymous online support and counselling. The whole team are made up of friendly and experienced individuals who want to help you.



NHS South East London CCG has commissioned Qwell, a free, anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing service for adults from digital mental health pioneers Kooth. The site is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and offers early preventative care and support.


Resources from Lewisham Speaking Up 

Report of the Lewisham People’s Parliament May 18th 2021 – Mental Health Day

Introduction to Mental Health Day

Anxiety Workshop Handouts

Low Mood Workshop Handout

Help with Mental Health

Lewisham’s vision is to enable young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to live, learn and work within their local community, achieve sustained progression, resulting in better life outcomes.

Preparing for Adulthood

Support for young people to achieve their goals.

Butterfly Project