I have a question about the child maintenance payments from my ex. My eldest son turned 18 in Feb 2020. He has an EHCP and is diagnosed with autism. He completed sixth form at a special needs school and is planning on going to college in September 2020, to do a one year independent living skills course. I want to know if the college course is seen as secondary education or is it tertiary? The wording from the order is as follows:
“Child Periodical payments order … payments shall be made:
a. On xxx date.
b. B. They shall end when each child respectively attains the age of 18 or if later ceases their full-time secondary education (in the case of a summer completion then the 31st August following).”
It's a local college, describing itself as a college of further and higher education. I would describe the course as further education as it's vocational but I'm not certain that it's not classed as secondary as it's an entry Level 1 full time course. (Higher education I understand to be undergraduate or post graduate, as in university.)
My query would be is it classed as secondary education, as it's a very basic SEN course aimed at 18 y olds with additional needs. It is definitely a Level 1. course. The course is classed as full-time, though it consists of 12.5 hrs of tuition which is actually only 2.5 days per week.
The course is a vocational one and the website says "the aim of this course is to explore a range of vocational subjects and to develop the skills and knowledge required to pursue further education in a vocational subject at Level 1 and then beyond "
The outcome: "Students will be required to achieve their accreditation, show commitment to their course, and appropriate behaviour throughout the year in order to progress onto a higher level vocational course or employability study programme"
I would like to know if the maintenance payments from my ex as stated in the court order will still be paid while he attends this course, because the order states specifically when the child ceases their full-time secondary education. So this course is classed as full time, but is it classed as secondary education. Or is it classed as further education? I'm still confused!