Planning for the Future
Becoming an adult is often an exciting time, but it is not always easy.
In these sections you can find out about support available during this time.
As you become a young adult, you will start thinking about what you want to do when you leave school and what support you may need to help you do this. This is called ‘preparation for adulthood’.
SEND Support Plan
SEND Support is what schools and similar settings use to find and meet the needs of a child or young person with special educational needs or disability (SEND).
What is provided specifically will vary depending on your strengths and needs, however, support from a school or setting may include:
- a special learning programme
- extra help from a teacher or a learning support assistant
- making or changing materials and equipment
- working in a small group
Speak to the SEND coordinator or SENCO in your education setting if you want to know more about your SEND Support plan. This should be reviewed with you and your family termly.
Your Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan)
Some children and young people (aged up to 25) with a learning disability need more support than their school or college can provide within the resources they have. Extra support may be provided through an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
You have the right to receive the support that is listed in your EHC plan.
EHC plans should be reviewed at least once a year. If your needs change substantially, the plan may need to be reassessed.
Year 9 EHC Plan Reviews
In year 9, your teachers/tutors, your parents or carers and other people involved in looking after you, will discuss moving into adulthood. They will also talk to people who can help you think about what is important to you and what you would like to do in the future.
This review is a time when your teachers, carers and other people involved in looking after you, see how you are progressing. The review is a formal process and must follow certain legal requirements. It includes a meeting, but this is not the only part of the process. The person running the meeting will ask everyone else who is helping you to say how they think you are doing before the meeting takes place. This information will be shared with you and/or your family (if you are over 16 or not) before the meeting so you can see what it says. The purpose of the meeting is to gather everyone's opinion about how you are being supported and to make recommendations about any changes needed to the EHC plan. The responsibility for carrying out reviews lies with the local authority, but in most cases the local authority delegates organisation of the review meeting to your educational setting.
During this process we will discuss with you and your family your views, wishes and aspirations. From year 9 we will focus on next steps after secondary school including employment, health, independence and community inclusion.
You can start to think about future aspirations and putting together a vocational profile for which you will be supported at the Year 9 EHC Plan review.
Your Vocational Profile
A vocational profile is a way of finding out what you want to do in the future. It looks at what you are interested in and why. You may hear the term 'person-centred' a lot. This is when the focus is on you and what you can do, not your condition or disability. It looks at how we support you to reach your goals. The vocational profile looks at areas to develop. These areas may be how to travel independently, telling the time or using money. It is also a chance to find out what your skills and talents are and how they can be developed for future work.