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Preparing for Adulthood

If your child has a Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) - planning for transition must begin in year 9 (the year when young people turn 14).  The Head Teacher will contact you to attend an annual review.  This will be the start of the transition process.

In the final year before transition to a new post-16 instituion, a draft or updated EHCP will be submitted to the young person with relevant reports.  The young person will be invited to give news, make representations on the contents and request that a specific post-16 institution be named in the plan, within 15 working days.

If a young person makes a request for a particular post-16 institution the local authority must comply with that preference and name the school or college in the EHC plan unless:

  • it would be unsuitable for the age, ability, aptitude or SEND of the child or young person, or
  • the attendance of the child or young person there would be incompatible with the efficient education of others, or the efficient use of resources.

For young people moving from secondary school to a post-16 institution or apprenticeship, the review and any amendments to the EHC plan - including specifying the post-16 provision and naming the institution - must be completed by 31 March in the calendar year of the transfer.

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