All young people need to make transitions. A transition is when a move has to be made for you to progress. It will usually involve making a decision.
- Starting school
- Moving from one school to another - for example from primary to secondary
- At 13+ - when decisions need to be made about which courses and subjects to take over the next few years
- At 16+ - when deciding which direction to take at the end of year 11 - for example moving on to work-based learning or training, staying at school or going to college
The choices you make at 13 and 16+ are so important for your future. If you have learning disabilities and difficulties you may need extra help to make your plans.
Up until year 9, you may have had an annual meeting at school to review your statement of special educational needs, or your individual education plan (IEP). This meeting takes place to make sure that your statement or individual education plan is still right for you.
In year 9 a transition plan will be made your annual review meeting. This transition plan is about your future education or training plans. It is also about your support needs. Once agreed, copies of this transition plan are sent to your parents or carers, other professionals who work with you, and the local authority. This transition plan will be reviewed and updated at each annual review meeting, until you leave school.
Remember that if you find it difficult to understand anything that is said at a transition meeting, it is okay to ask for someone to explain it to you.
During your final year of school (this may be in year 11 or later if you stay in school for one or more years post 16) you will have an interview with a Careers Adviser working with the IAG Service in Walsall (used to be called Connexions). You will talk about what your needs will be when you leave school. The Careers Adviser will then work closely with you to produce a report and action plan. This plan looks at what the best choices are for you after school.
With your permission, this plan will be sent to local colleges or training providers in which you have expressed an interest. Colleges and training providers will use the plan to work out what they need to do to meet your support needs.
This plan will be regularly reviewed during training or your time at college; until the IAG Service is no longer involved. A Careers Adviser will be available to help you if you have learning difficulties and disabilities until the age of 25.