Preparation for adulthood should start from the earliest years. The SEND Code of Practice outlines the importance of discussing preparation for adulthood with young people from age 14 (year 9). However where possible these discussions should take place at an earlier age.
The outcomes are set out in chapter 8 of the SEND Code of Practice and are about preparing for
- Higher education or employment
- Independent living
- Participation in society, having friends and contributing to the local community
- Being as healthy as possible in adult life
The year 9 annual review should build on work already started and plan for a young person’s next steps. It should focus on their aspirations, interests and needs. Every review that takes place after this should build on the discussions about what happens after leaving school. The discussion should include education, social care and health and should take into consideration all transition points. Relevant professionals such as health or social care should attend the reviews.
On this page you will find many useful services which support people preparing for adulthood with special needs and disabilities aged 0 to 25. Please browse the subjects on the left.
Where a young person has an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) the commissioned service for Rochdale, Positive Steps will work with young people generally in year 11 to discuss education and training options related to a young person’s aspirations.
Where a young person does not have an EHCP the school is responsible for providing careers advice. This will also look at options for education, training and employment.
Please contact the EHC Assessment and Review Team (internal link) for further information.
Until the age of 18 a young person will need to
- Stay in full time education, for example in a school, college or training provider
- Start an Apprenticeship or traineeship
- Spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training.
For further information, advice and support please see services below:
There are a number of services that can support young people to make the transition from school to college or from children’s services to adult’s services. Please see below:
- Transitions for young people (Children's Care Services to Adult Care Services) (internal link)
- EHC Assessment and Review Team (internal link)
- Transition Information Network (TIN) (internal link)
- Rochdale Youth Service (internal link)
- Duke of Edinburgh's Award (internal link)
- Direct payments for young people over 16 (internal link)
Please see health services below which can support:
- Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale School Nursing Service (internal link)
- ChatHealth for Young People (internal link)
- Children's Acute and Ongoing Needs Service (internal link)
- Where's Your Head At? (16 to 21) (internal link)
- Kooth.com - Free online support for young people (internal link)
- Health & Wellbeing services (internal link)
For those young people in year 11 what are the options when you finish school? All young people need to remain in education or training until the age of 18. It could be one of the following:
- Attending another school with a sixth form including special school (there may be entry criteria)
- Further Education College
- Remaining in your current school where there is a sixth form
- Sixth Form College
- Specialist Post 16 Institution
- Work or volunteering as long at it is 20 hours a week while in part-time education or training.
- Hopwood Hall College (external link) – Entry 1 Level Courses up to Level 3, a range of vocational areas, life skills and other discreet courses. Hopwood Hall College does not offer A levels
Sixth Form College
- Rochdale Sixth Form College (external link) – Mainly A Level and BTEC courses.
School Sixth Form
- Cardinal Langley (external link)
- Redwood Secondary School (external link)
- Bury College (external link)
- Bury College Apprenticeships (external link)
- Holy Cross Sixth Form College (external link)
- The Manchester College (external link)
- North Lancs Training Group (external link)
- The Oldham College (external link)
- Oldham Sixth Form College (external link)
- Oldham Training Company (OTC) (external link)