Preparing for Adulthood
Supporting learners for life beyond school
Transition into the 14 - 19 Phase
Moving on can be a daunting time, so we prepare pupils and parents for when this happens
Towards the end of Year 9 a student will usually have the opportunity to spend some sessions within the 14 - 19 phase of school. This will be carried out with support from the staff from the student’s current class from the 2 - 13 phase. The aim of this is to provide a gentle transition into the phase, in order for the student to be introduced to the new staff who will be supporting them.
Parents of students at the end of year 9 will be invited into school to attend a coffee morning, meet the staff and find out all about the work and exciting opportunities that go on in the department.
Early transition preparation
Once a child reaches the age of 14, the transition process begins. The ‘Transition Plan’ forms part of the Annual Review and All about me documents and will be created with a student and their class staff, and this will be introduced at the student’s year 9 annual review meeting.
At the year 9 review, other professionals become involved with a student – a representative from the New Directions service (formerly Connexions) will attend. This plan is discussed and developed over the next 6 years, until the young person leaves Newfield.
Each year in the summer term Newfield holds a ‘Planning for the future’ careers event, which young people and their families can attend to talk to a wide variety of representatives from post school providers, adult social care and adult health care teams in order to learn about what is on offer within the borough at 19.
Additional agency involvement in transition preparation
Newfield works hard to liaise with many other agencies in order to ensure that all young people leaving school have a smooth transition, and that they and their families feel prepared for the future. There is an extensive preparation for students prior to leaving school, and below are some of the agencies with whom we liaise. As a legal requirement, our pupils must receive Independent Advice and Guidance (IAG) about their futures. This is the responsibility of the Local Authority, who provide this through a partnership agreement. The service becomes involved with students once they reach the age of 14, and remains involved for the rest of their time at Newfield. The personal advisors interview young people with their family before the Annual Reviews which they also attend.
- Adult Social Care – If a child has a social worker, then the children’s social worker will liaise with adult social care in order to ensure a smooth transition to an adult social worker at 18. An adult social worker will attend the annual review before a child reaches the age of 18 to explain the process to the young person and their family. The adult social worker will also inform families how to request an assessment for adult social care if the child does not have a children’s social worker but the family feel that they may require assistance in adult life. Adult social workers can also assist families who are looking for social care, rather than educational, provision for their young person at 19.
- Health Transition Nurse – The school nurse liaises with the transition nurse to draw up a transition health plan which ensures that any health needs are correctly documented and passed on to adult provision. The transition nurse will also meet with families, either at a medical appointment in school, at an annual review meeting or at the family home.
- Colleges and Social Care providers – Representatives from colleges and other post school providers will attend annual reviews to discuss with young people and their families what they have to offer. This usually takes place in years 13 and 14, but if requested, school is able to arrange for advisers to attend at earlier review meetings. Families are also given information about open days and are advised to visit a range of facilities in order to help them make their final decisions.
Transition into adult life
Throughout years 12 to 14 all students will embark on college placements, which will become tailored towards their intended destination post 19.
Newfield has many links with post school providers - Myerscough College, Blackburn College, Stanley Grange, Stable Trading Co., Brothers of Charity - Lisieux Hall, My Step Up, Futures Farm, Pendleton Brook etc. Young people have opportunities to attend some of these provisions, beginning in year 12. Students are encouraged initially to try out a variety of these options. As they become older they refine their choices, and by year 14, young people should be attending their intended destination.
When learners leave Newfield they make effective use of independent guidance in order to choose their next placement. This is an outstanding achievement for this group of learners. (Ofsted, 2016)
In addition, some students work on an individual basis with class staff to complete travel training - learning to travel independently both on foot and using public transport.
All students have opportunities to engage in work experience which is adapted to suit their interests and needs and is organised by school. Additionally, where appropriate, bespoke work placements are available in a range of local businesses including Tesco, Asda, Halfords, Pets at Home.
On leaving the school students receive their Record of Achievement, a portfolio of work and a person centred transition profile, as part of a presentation package which details their achievements.
Final transition preparation
There is extensive preparation in year 14 for young people prior to leaving school. During that final year, the school, with some help from the other agencies involved with a young person, works alongside the young person and their family, to make final decisions and complete the application process to post school provision. At the Annual Review in the final year we bring together all of the people who are important to the young people’s transition in order to ensure that everyone is fully prepared. We may decide with the family to hold an additional interim meeting closer to the end of the academic year. Transitional issues are paramount and most young people begin a transitional course with a post school provider whilst still at school, in order to ensure that they and the providers are confident that the transition and new placement will be successful.
Each learner has a personal programme which is matched expertly to their specific needs and interest. This is a culmination of the school’s excellent approach to person-centred planning across the school. (Ofsted, 2016)
Students move on to a variety of destinations including local colleges, residential colleges, supported employment, and placements using individual budgets.
Eleven pupils left in the academic year 2017-18 and moved to the following locations:
- 3 students obtained placement at local colleges
- 1 student obtained placement at out of borough day colleges
- 2 student attending local social care day centre
- 5 students receiving individual social care packages
A careers programme offering guidance and support, placing the individual at the centre.
At Newfield, our careers guidance for pupils is based on the pupils’ own aspirations, abilities and needs. We work with families, to start transition planning early, and we understand the value of supported encounters with the workplace and work experience.
We work closely with colleagues from New Directions, to identify opportunities and develop pupil’s aspirations with regard to the world of work, based around:
- Training courses
- College courses
- Volunteering opportunities
- Advice and Guidance
- Supported Internships
Our Careers leader in school is Assistant Head for 14 - 19, Lois Talbot.
She can be contacted in school for any information about the careers learning on offer for pupils.