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Travel Training

Travel training helps children and young people gain the skills that help them travel safely and independently. Many schools and services offer cycle training and pedestrian training as part of their work with groups of children and young people. You can contact the council's road…

Travelling safely

Travelling in safety only needs a little planning Plan your journey by thinking about it a little before you set out. Check the times of the last bus, tube or train.  Keep your valuables, like your purse, wallet or mobile out of site. Think about…

Type 1 Diabetes in Schools

Diabetes is a lifelong condition, affecting the hormonal (insulin) mechanism controlling blood sugar, causing a person's blood sugar level to become too high. Diabetes has implications for a child or young person’s schooling and learning. Every child with Type 1 will have a healthcare plan…

Understanding vacancies

Working out what a job advertisement is asking for is not always easy. Try to identify the main skills and experience required and match these with what you have done and are good at. If you can match yourself to a job you are more likely…

Unemployed after Year 11

Jobseeker's Allowance is only usually paid to people over the age of 18 who are unemployed, not in education and looking for work. It is unlikely to be paid if you are under 18 unless there are unusual or special reasons for example if you…

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new government benefit for working age people on a low income or who are out of work. Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. It’s paid monthly. Universal Credit is run by the Department for work and…

University and Higher Education

Institutions of higher education (IHE) include universities and colleges of higher education. Many further education colleges also offer higher education (HE) course that are accredited by an IHE. Higher education (HE) is education for people aged 18 or over, who have successfully completed a level…

Using chat rooms, social networking, online gaming, and websites safely

Chatrooms, Facebook, gaming and other social networking sites are a great way to keep in touch with friends and find new ones with similar interests.  However, sometimes people aren’t always who they say they are, it may be someone who might be dangerous so you need…

Using your mobile phone safely

Mobile phones are great for keeping in touch with friends and family but they can also make it easier for others to bully you. Strangers too can contact you on your mobile. Get some tips on using your mobile safely, look at the External links for further…

Vacancies and job search skills

Land that job! It may take time to find – and land – the job for you, whether you are 16, 18 or older, looking for a job can be a job in itself. It is important to keep trying, keep motivated, stay focused, organised, determined and confident. Finding, getting and…

The Virtual School and Children with SEND

The Virtual School has prime responsibility to ‘champion’ the educational achievement of Islington’s Looked after Children (LAC). The majority of LAC have some form of special or additional educational need - as a group, LAC are nine times more likely to have an EHC Plan…

Voluntary or unpaid work

There are lots of options for volunteers, including work with: older people, children, administration and using ICT, sport, disability groups, the environment, arts and music. People do voluntary work for all kinds of reasons: to get some experience for a course or job for personal…

Voting in the election 2019

Youth Council election 2019/20 This year, election day will be Monday 3 February 2020. On this day, 11-17 year olds who live or go to school in Islington or who are in care with Islington Council will each vote for one candidate who they want…

Want to know more about your Youth Council? Read on ...

What is the Youth Council? The Youth Council was set up by Islington Council in 2011 to give local young people a voice. The current Youth Council was elected in November 2017 and nearly 6,000 11 to 17 year olds in Islington cast their vote.  The Youth…

Warning: poor careers information can seriously damage your future!

Check careers information you use is up-to-date and from a reliable source. Look at a range of information – as well as looking at careers information in school or college look at careers and company websites.  Questions to ask about careers What qualifications and skills do…

Ways of working

There are different ways of working. Work doesn’t just mean having a paid 9 to 5 job. Work doesn’t have to be full-time, paid or permanent and you don’t even have to work for someone else! Work includes: working under the age of 16, even…

Weekly Opportunities Bulletin

The Weekly Opportunities Bulletin highlights some employment and training opportunities, as well as open day and event information that might be of interest to young people. Check out the latest two bulletins 9 December 2019 and 2 December 2019. 

What are Special Educational Needs?

From the moment they are born children are developing and learning new skills. They do so at different speeds, and learn in different ways. Some may be slow starters but will usually catch up with other children. Children have ‘Special Educational Needs’ (SEN) if they…

What do we mean by Preparing for Adulthood?

All young people and their families face big changes when a young person leaves school, and needs to make plans for their future. National guidance suggests that what young people want most is to 'get a life' and be part of their local community. This…

What does an Educational Psychologist do?

Educational Psychologists work with children and young people between the ages of 0 and 25 years who are residents of Islington or who attend Islington schools. They work in a range of educational settings including children’s centres, early years’ settings, mainstream primary and secondary schools,…