Planning for transition to adulthood
The Annual Review of a Statement of Special Educational Needs that occurs in Year 9 and subsequent years must include the drawing up and reviewing of a Transition Plan.
The Transition Plan is about ongoing school provision and post-school arrangements. Its aim is to plan coherently for the young person’s transition into adult life, including future education or employment possibilities.
- The agencies that may play a part in the young person’s life, such as social and health services, should be involved in these review meetings. There must also be a representative from the Connexions Service.
- The Connexions Service provides an information, advice and guidance service for all 13-19 year olds, to help prepare for the transition to work.
- A Personal Advisor from the Connexions Service must attend review meetings and will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Transition Plan.
- It is essential that the views of young people themselves are sought and recorded. The Personal Advisor will help to draw up an Assessment Profile, which will include information about a young person’s level of basic skills, life skills, attitudes, health and other circumstances.
- Consultation with parents, the school and other professionals is also necessary for the preparation and review of the Transition Plan. Information on education, training, employment or benefits should be made available.
- For those young people with special educational needs but without a Statement, there will be support available from the Connexions Service.
More information about Transition Plans is available from the DirectGov web site.