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Meeting a young person’s needs | Transition to Post 16 Placement | Birmingham City Council

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Meeting a young person’s needs

Birmingham City Council aims to provide students who have EHC Plans, with a range of opportunities in Post 16 to appropriately meet their needs.

We are committed to a policy of inclusion which means educating young people in the most appropriate provision and in accordance with their needs. Birmingham City Council believes in the principle of students being educated in their local community, as close to home as possible.

There are different types of mainstream Post 16 placements in Birmingham including:

  • Local General Further Education colleges (GFEs)
  • Mainstream Sixth Forms Colleges and School Sixth Forms

Some sixth forms have become Academies and are not controlled by the city council but have similar admission procedures.

Some Free Schools have also been opened or are due to open in Birmingham. These are also not controlled by the city council, but operate separate but similar admission procedures to mainstream sixth form schools.

More specialist types of provision

In addition to mainstream placements, there are fourteen Special School Sixth Forms (three are co-located on mainstream secondary school sites). There are also four Resource Bases within mainstream schools that offer a range of specialist educational provision for different types of need.

The specialist provision available in the city caters for the following SEN:

  • Cognition and Learning Needs (CLN)-including sensory and physical disability
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
  • Visual Impairment (VI)
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)

There are also a number of Independent Specialist Providers listed on gov.uk including those approved under section 41 of the Children and Families Act meeting a variety of specialist needs.

Other Independent Specialist Providers can be found on the Natspec website