The S41 symbol next to most of the colleges in the directory means that they are on the Secretary of State’s Approved List. This new list, developed as part of the Children and Families Act 2014, means that some parts of the Act apply to these independent institutions. This includes specialist colleges.
The new duties are:
- Local authorities must include information about S41 Approved colleges in their Local Offer
- Colleges on the S41 list must work with LAs about their arrangements for young people with SEN (Learning difficulties or disabilities)
- Young people and/or their parents can request that one of the S41 colleges be named on their Education, Health and Care Plan. If named, the LA must then secure the place and the college must admit them. This means that S41 specialist colleges are being treated the same as any general Further Education college.
It is possible to request that a specialist college that is not S41 approved in the plan, but the LA has no duty to secure the place.
So this means that when you are considering a specialist college, you have some additional rights if the college you choose is on the S41 Approved list.
However, the most important thing is to find the college that is right for you.
You can download the full list, including all S41 approved post-16 providers and schools, here: