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Support after your child leaves school

Many young people with SEN or disabilities, once they are over compulsory school age, move into further education (FE), such as FE and sixth form colleges.

A young person with special educational needs may need particular support as they plan for the next stage of their education or for moving into adulthood.

Schools must include preparation for adult life in the curriculum and provide independent career advice to young people from age 13 onwards. This includes advice tailored to the needs of young people with SEN and disabilities. Planning should start early and young people should be at the centre of the process.

Support during further education

Your child will continue to get support during further education. 

Mainstream colleges must support students with SEN in a similar way to schools do. This includes doing everything they can to identify the needs of students with SEN and putting in place the help they need through SEN support. There should be a named person in charge of support for students with SEN. Students who need more help than the college could normally provide may need an Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessments and plans.    

An EHC plan can continue up to age 25

If your child has an EHC plan, they'll have a 'transition plan' drawn up in Year 9 (age 13/14). This helps to plan for their future after they leave school. This should focus on what your child will need to support their move into adult life, including further education, employment, independent living, relationships and staying healthy.  

An EHC plan does not have to end when your child leaves school. Your child can continue to have a plan up to age 25 as long as they still have SEN and stay in some kind of education or training.

Contact us
SEND and Inclusion Service
03000 267 800
Our address is:
  • Broom Cottages Primary and Nursery Schoo
  • Ferryhill
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL17 8AN
01740 657 792
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