Your Education

Your Education

We are committing to supporting our care leavers into education, employment and training to find work by:

  • Working with the Career Sparks team to support you choose the right option for you
  • Supporting you with a Personal Education Plan (PEP) while you are in school and college to age 18
  • Encouraging you to be in education, employment and training

This page looks at education and you can find information about: 

MK College, University and MK Community Learning

You might also want to visit the Employment page.

MK College

  • Full time and part-time courses
  • Apprenticeships
  • Higher education opportunities

Visit the MK College website for more information.

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Going to University

If you decide to go to University:

  • We will support you with your first degree for up to 4 years
  • You will be entitled to a bursary as a Care Leaver, which is paid through the university. Each university has their own arrangements and funds.
  • We will provide you with up to £5000 per year to pay towards your accommodation  

Your Personal Advisor will:

  • Support you with your education programme, providing advice and support jointly with the Virtual School
  • When you have the letter of acceptance from the University your Personal advisor will apply to the Employment, Education and Training Panel (EET Panel) for agreement of the payment.
  • You will need to sign an agreement for your Personal Advisor to make arrangements with the university and accommodation on your behalf
  • Requests for the allowance to the EET panel cannot be made without this agreement.
  • Payments will only be made once you have engaged with your PA and Pathway Plan
  • Payments go direct to your accommodation provider
  • http://propel.org.uk/UK/ gives information about the support available to care leavers from colleges and universities

When choosing a course or University, look on their websites as there will be lots of advice. There are lots of other websites where you can get advice, for example Which University and National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL)

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Community learning MK

Community Learning MK HUB (CLMK) - A Milton Keynes Council service that unites Adult Education, Youth Work, Youth Advice and Guidance, Music Education and Employment Support. We are in a unique position to support residents of Milton Keynes, regardless of age, to engage with a wide range of learning opportunities which boost individual achievement, promote community renewal and support economic growth.

You can also join the MK Community Learning and MK Community Learning – Youth Facebook pages to check out all opportunities.

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Getting around 

Make sure you take advantage of the All in 1 for discounted travel on buses in Milton Keynes up to the age of 19. You can plan your journey using Real Time Passenger Information.