Chapter 8 of the SEND Code of Practice 0-25 identifies that discussions about longer-term goals should start early and ideally well before Year 9 (age 13-14) at school.
It states how high aspirations are crucial to success and the need for plans to focus on a child or young person’s strengths, capabilities and the outcomes they want to achieve.
This chapter includes both the transition into post-16 education, and the transition from post-16 education into adult life. It covers:
Some of the vital components to ensuring success are identified in the code and include:
- How local authorities and health services should plan strategically for the support children and young people will need to prepare for adult life
- How early years providers, schools and colleges should enable children and young people to have the information and skills they need to help them gain independence and prepare for adult life
- Support from Year 9, including the content of preparing for adulthood reviews for children and young people with EHC plans
- Planning the transition into post-16 education
- How post-16 institutions can design study programmes and create pathways to employment
- How young people should be supported to make decisions for themselves
- Packages of provision for children and young people with EHC plans across five days a week
- Transition to higher education.
To read the chapter 8 of the SEND Code of Practice 0-25 relating to Preparing for Adulthood, please click the link below.