Make sure you've talked it through with someone before speaking to your place of education about not returning.
Some things you might want to consider thinking about are:
- You don't need to make a final decision straight away. Keep your college or university in the loop - it may be that you can take a break to explore what you want to do. Read about pausing education.
- Returning to education can make you feel anxious, especially if you feel like you've been left behind. There are ways to get through this and get the support you need to feel more confident with going back. Here are our tips for returning.
- If you're keen to try something different, apprenticeships are a good, flexible way to learn something new. You could experience a combination of work and study, and you should still have the right to any support you need. Read more about apprenticeships.
- Traineeships, internships and volunteering can be a good way of testing the water for the world of work, as well as building experience for your CV. As they are on a short-term basis, it could help you make a decision about whether to pursue your studies in the future, or not. Find out more about work experience.
If you have one, your young people's social worker or community worker can talk with you about what your next steps could be, including career options, training, apprenticeships, further and higher education, or going back to education in the future.
You can also find work and further education organisations that can help with this issue.
Updated January 2018, next review due 2019.