Project Hackney

About the project

Project Hackney is a new initiative designed to:

  • increase the number of students choosing to continue their 16-19 education within Hackney
  • create a more inclusive and comprehensive 16-19 offer in Hackney
  • establish close links between the local authority, Hackney based schools, colleges, work-based learning providers, employers and other agencies

It is a collaborative project including schools, colleges and providers and is coordinated by Hackney Education.

Studying in Hackney

All our secondary schools, special schools, colleges and where appropriate providers, are rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. However, almost 2000 students choose to study outside Hackney each year for their 16-19 education, while similar courses are often offered in the borough. Research also shows that students travelling long distances to study are more likely to drop out.

Young people who study in Hackney 16-19 do well and progress through a range of routes including top universities and apprenticeships to a huge range of careers. Students in special schools are increasingly taking up Supported Internships as a route into employment. We plan to make more young people aware of this.

Students who study in Hackney have a good range of A Levels and vocational courses on offer but we will work together to create a more inclusive offer to help those from a lower starting point to do well and progress. 

Our colleges and providers offer a different study environment to our schools. We plan to ensure students fully understand this to help them choose the institution that suits them best.

All our special schools now have 6th forms and our colleges offer specialist 16-19 provision for students with Education Health and Care Plans, allowing more to stay in Hackney for their 16-19 education. We will continue to improve progression routes for these students.

Students who study in their home borough have better access to support services and out of school enrichment activities. We will make sure young people choosing where to study 16-19 are fully aware of  the benefits of studying locally.

Post 16 transition booklet

Our post 16 transition booklet supports students to make informed choices about their next steps. It includes information about where to study in Hackney, qualification and course descriptions and how to apply. You can also view a pdf version of the booklet.

Post 16 services for schools

We also offer services and training for schools to help develop their post 16 and sixth form offer.


Anya James, Senior Advisor for Post 16 Education

This page was last modified on: 22 Feb 2024