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About izzy-info

izzy-info.com is the website for young people in Islington, set up by Islington Council. Packed with information, advice and local youth organisations, it’s your one destination where you can find out things to do and places to go near you. Get help You can find…

Accessibility Strategy and Accessibility Plans

Duty placed on schools The Equality Act 2010 and related Equality Duty 2011 reiterate the duty on schools as laid out in the previous Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to produce an Accessibility Plan. The accompanying guidance for schools confirms that schools continue to have a…

Accessing Services

The NHS provides services that everyone can access.  Due to varying and often complex needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, it is possible that a range health professionals (including specialist health professionals) will be involved with you or your…

Achievement for All

The ‘Achievement for All’ programme (part funded by the DfE) was developed with primary and secondary schools and academies, special schools and pupil referral units. It provides a whole-school improvement framework, and has been positively evaluated for impact by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). There…

Advice for life

There's lots of information and advice for the things affecting your life: Including where you can get help from local and some national organisations. If you have a decision to make or a problem to solve, just click on the links below or search the…

Advice on choosing a care home

Moving into a care homeMoving into a care home is a life changing decision and you should take as much time as you can to decide what kind of care you need and what type of home you want to move to. This web page…

Advice on Ramadan and coronavirus

Many people will have started observing Ramadan on 23 April, but the current coronavirus pandemic may have an impact on who should be fasting and how Iftar or prayers take place. Following a review by the British Islamic Medical Association, we have outlined some guidance on Ramadan…

Aged 16 or younger and want to work

There are laws about young people working These cover at what age you can do certain kinds of work, how many hours you can work and when you can begin working full-time. You may need a permit to work. If your employer lets you work…

Analysing and Using SEND Data

Data collection and analysis are essential elements in developing a more ‘forensic’ approach to removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and supporting the setting of realistic and stretching targets for SEND pupils. SEN Code of Practice The effective use of data helps to support the…

A and AS Level, T Level - GCE Advanced Level and Advanced Subsidiary, Technical Level

A levels are offered by ... ... school sixth forms, sixth form colleges and some some further education colleges. They can also be studied through distance learning and: are usually studied over two years are offered in over 40 subjects need a minimum of five…

Anti-social behaviour – a person or people causing trouble

If you are worried about people causing trouble around where you live or hang out, sometimes called anti-social behaviour, there are things you can do If you have been involved in anti-social behaviour and you want to stop you can get help. Some types of…

Application Forms

What you need to think about when filling in an application form Employers often ask for completed application forms rather than CVs.This means everyone sends in the same kind of information and the applicants can be compared easily and fairly. You will be asked to complete…

Applications to university

Applications to most higher education courses ... ... are made online through UCAS. You need to apply between 1 September and 15 January the year before you intend to go. There are exceptions, applications to: Oxford and Cambridge must be submitted by 15 October dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine and veterinary…

Apprenticeship and work-based training providers

Find out about local training courses for 16 to 19 year olds Check out the apprenticeship, training, job and learning opportunities in the latest Weekly Opportunities Bulletin and the Youth Employment Bulletin. Training providers: Create Jobs - opportunities within Theatre, Art, Dance and Advertising DiVA Apprenticeships - training…

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are jobs with training Training is a mix of on and off-the-job training, leading to qualifications at level 2 or 3. Watch the video below to help you understand more about apprenticeships. Higher and degree apprenticeships are also available at Level 4 to 6, equivalent…

Apprenticeships and jobs

If you are in Year 11, you must stay in learning or training until at least your 18th birthday Learning can be through an apprenticeship or further study For further details check out the Raising the Participation Age (RPA) page below The official school leaving date…

Are you being forced into a relationship or marriage?

It is wrong to make anyone marry or be with someone when they don’t want to It is against the law to force someone into a marriage. If you feel threatened or are being hurt because you don’t want to be with someone you can…

Assess, Plan, Do, Review

The SEND Code of practice is specific about good practice once a potential SEND is identified, and the four types of action needed to put effective support in place through the 'graduated approach'. The four actions are: Assess: the Early Years / class teacher and SENCo should…

Autism

Autism spectrum condition (ASC) affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. It's estimated that about 1 in every 100 people in the UK has ASC. More boys are diagnosed with the condition than girls although it is thought that ASC in girls is under recognised. There's no…

Autism Awareness

Various personal accounts of what it is like to have autism are available on the Autism Awareness area of the Guardian newspaper's website. Listen to BBC Radio 4's Word of Mouth Programme to hear Michael Rosen learn about communication from people on the autism spectrum, by…

Awards/certificates/diplomas

BTEC and other Awards, Certificates, Extended Certificates, Diplomas and Extended Diplomas are vocational and work-related qualifications They may be studied full or part-time in schools and colleges from the age of 14. They are offered at levels 1 to 4 and are usually ‘BTECs’, 'Cambridge…

Becoming a childminder

For those wishing to become a childminder in Islington, the Early Years and Childcare team offer a 'pathway' to becoming registered with Ofsted. The free support provided is a mixture of essential information, training and ongoing advice. There is no face to face support due…

Benefits for young people

Benefit rules and regulations are complicated Young people under 18 (and sometimes under 20) may not be able to claim many of the benefits available but if you are living independently or have an illness or disability or you are a parent, then do check out if you…

Buying a car

The Motability Scheme allows disabled people to use the higher rate mobility component of their Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to buy a car, powered wheelchair or scooter. When you join Motability you get more than just the car, scooter or powered wheelchair of your choice, you…

Can I work anywhere?

If you are under 18, you are not allowed to work where: there is gambling there is alcohol, unless the work is part of an appropriate training scheme such as an apprenticeship you have to carry heavy loads, clean machinery or work with dangerous substances…

Career and learning timeline

Learning and career planning go together Do all you can to develop lots of skills and learn about the work. This Career Timeline will help you in make good decisions at the right time, about your future. It really isn’t too soon to start looking ahead!…

Career choices

Use your skills and talents Think about the sort of person you are, the skills and interests you have and the learning and careers available. Use the career matching and course finder tools in Planning your future to help you. Info here can help you make choices:…

Career choices 13-14

Choosing subjects and courses in Year 8 or Year 9 This is the first decision that may affect your future, so think about: subjects you enjoy new subjects courses you do well in subjects to help you achieve your future career plans courses that let…

Career choices 18+

At 18, after sixth form or college, your choices include: further study at college or university. a job or apprenticeship, combining work and training a gap year, to earn money for university or get relevant work experience - see the Downloads section on this page. Think…

Career choices at 16

You need to stay in learning until at least your 18th birthday You can choose to do a course, apprenticeship or job with training. Start planning now, think about: yourself – how you learn best, your interests and skills, your expected exam results your career…

Career information.

There's so much out there that deciding on what career to do can be hard Think about careers that interest you and find out as much as you can before making any decisions. See Planning Your Future. You can also contact the Progress Team -…

Careers information

There's so much out there that deciding on what career to do can be hard Think about careers that interest you and find out as much as you can before making any decisions. See Planning Your Future for a list of careers websites. You can also contact…

Carers Support

What is a carer?A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. The term ‘unpaid or family carer’ is someone of any age who provides support to family or friends who could not manage without…

Carers Support

What is a carer?A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. The term ‘unpaid or family carer’ is someone of any age who provides support to family or friends who could not manage without…

Certificates and diplomas

Certificates and diplomas are ... ... vocational and work-related qualifications. They may be studied full-time or part-time at a range of levels. Part-time courses may form part of a higher apprenticeship. Certificate of Higher Education (CHE) - Level 4 Qualification: offered at universities, colleges and further…

Check out what's happening in the job market - trends

Using job information when planning your career and job search can help you make the right choice Below are some tools and graphs to help, it includes information about pay and qualifications and what's happening with jobs. Careerometer Careerometer lets you search and compare jobs…

Child Tax Credit

You could get Child Tax Credit for each child you’re responsible for if they’re: under 16 under 20 and in approved education or training You don’t need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit. You get money for each child that qualifies and Child…

Children and Families Act 2014

The main requirements of the Children and Families Act 2014 are as follows: The age range 0-25 years is covered, ensuring legal protections can continue as young people leave school and move into college/further education and apprenticeships. Education, Health and Social Care services must work…

Children and Young People's Participation

"Children who are capable of forming views have a right to receive and make known information, to express an opinion, and to have that opinion taken in to account to age, maturity and capability of the child." There is a fine balance to be struck…

Children with Complex Needs

When a child has exceptional need for education, health and social care support that cannot be met from resources, assessments or interventions normally available on their education setting, they will need an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Where a child’s health or care needs…

Children's Social Care and SEND

Where a child or young person has been assessed as having social care needs in relation to their SEND, social care teams: Must secure social care provision which has been assessed as being necessary to support a child or young person’s SEND and which is…

Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS)

The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) within the Ministry of Defence provides advice and guidance to Service parents, educational establishments and local authorities on educational issues relating to Service children, including issues relating to SEN.  Find more information on how the CEAS supports MOD civilian families.…

Choices at the end of Year 11

As well as taking exams, you will have important decisions to make about your future Students completing year 11 must stay in learning until at least their 18th birthday - see Raising the participation age Your main choices are: an apprenticeship or job with recognised training…

Choosing Activities

Like everyone else, children and young people with additional needs and/or disabilities should have a social life and take part in activities they enjoy. Like everyone else you as a parent will want to know that they will be welcome, safe and supported. Your child…

Choosing Services and Activities: Keeping Children Safe

Worried about a child? Call Islington’s Children’s Services Contact Team on 020 7527 7400. If you think a child might be at risk from harm please tell us so we can keep them safe and support their family. Calls will be taken by trained professionals.…

Choosing subjects and courses at 13-14

The subjects you choose will lead to qualifications such as GCSE, Cambridge Nationals or BTECs You will choose your GCSE subjects in Year 8 or Year 9. Your school will give you a booklet listing all your choices or options. Find out as much as you can…

Choosing subjects and courses for Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4)

It’s important to choose your options carefully Find out as much as you can about the subjects offered. Your school will give you information listing all your choices or options. You’ll be spending the next two or three years studying them. Your choices at 16…

Congestion Charge

If you hold a valid Blue Badge you're eligible to register for a 100% discount, even if you don't own a vehicle or drive. You can register up to two vehicles that you would normally use to travel within the charging zone. This could be…