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EHCP and further education

A young person's education health and care plan (EHCP) can continue until the age of 25 if they choose to stay in education or training. If it's a higher education setting however, like college or university, the plan will end. The plan will also end if their education progress is complete - i.e. they have met all of their learning outcomes and no more can be set.

What preparation can you do yourself?

  • Speak to your young person about what and where they'd like to study.
  • Would they like to carry on in education or would a job based course be better, to get them on to a specific career path?
  • Consider the right qualificiation for the right learning style and ability.

Don't just consider GCSE's and A Levels - there are different qualifications out there which suit different learning styles. For example, some courses may be coursework based, and some exam based. The way they are taught will differ too, with some being more practical than others. GOV.UK has helpfully explained what all the different qualifications mean.

Fill out an 'About Me' profile

'About Me' is a short profile of your young person that contains key information about them. This can be extremely helpful for staff in schools and colleges to know how to support your child the best they can.

It's a great tool which you or a teacher can help your young person to fill in. Here are some example templates - one for a young person attending a mainstream school and one young person at a special school.

You can also read the About Me supporting information and guidance (PDF 901kb).

Get guidance on personal development opportunities

Speak to the YC Hertfordshire LDD team who offer advice about personal development opportunities to young people with SEND up until their 25th birthday.Call them on their duty line or email them:

What are your options?

Schools and sixth forms

IYou may need to look further than your young person's existing school. Every school has a variation on what they offer, and how it is taught. You may want to contact several schools to find out the differences in teaching, to see if one might suit your young person better.

There's a consortium system in Hertfordshire, meaning that different groups of schools offer a range of subjects between them. If your child’s subjects are split between schools you’ll need to decide if it’s practical for them to be travelling during the day.

Staying at a SEND school

Some young people may benefit from staying in school after Year 11. A number of special schools in Hertfordshire have post-16 departments where young people with complex needs may continue their learning until Year 14 when they reach 19 years of age.

Dual placement

This is where a student spends some time in school, and some time in a college. It's a great way to access further education with some of the stability and familiarity that school offers. Speak to your current place of education and your preferred college about this.

College

NatSpec have a directory of  specialist colleges for children with very high needs, usually for young people who have been to a special school or had very high levels of support in mainstream education. These would need to be agreed through the EHCP process.

The are 4 colleges in Hertfordshire - they will all have a SEND team that you can chat to about the courses and support on offer. The learning pathways document is an interactive tool for seeing what's on offer, or you can look into one of the colleges directly.

Oaklands College

Special Educational Needs Contacts

Our courses: www.oaklands.ac.uk/courses/sen

Enquiries: Springfield/Supported Learning Tel: 01727 737780

Email: life@oaklands.ac.uk

Mainstream Additional Learning Support Tel: 01727 737113

Email: Laura.Ansell@oaklands.ac.uk

Hertford Regional College

Special Educational Needs Contacts

Our courses: www.hrc.ac.uk/courses/inclusive-learning

Enquiries: Inclusive Learning Tel: 01992 411854

Email: sfrench@hrc.ac.uk

Mainstream Additional Learning Support Tel: 01992 411617 / 602

Email: djames@hrc.ac.uk / celliott@hrc.ac.uk

North Hertfordshire College

Special Educational Needs Contacts

Our courses: www.nhc.ac.uk/programmes/supported-studies-sendEnquiries

Supported Studies Tel: 01462 424250

Email: MWrighton@nhc.ac.ukEnquiries

Mainstream Additional Learning Support Tel: 01462 424265

Email: JWoolnough@nhc.ac.uk

West Herts College

Special Educational Needs Contacts

Our courses: www.westherts.ac.uk/courses/foundation-studies/

Enquiries Foundation Studies Tel: 01923 812521 / 01923 812526

Email: mahul.trivedi@westherts.ac.uksarah.lane@westherts.ac.uk

Additional Learning Support Tel: 01923 812371

Email: susan.lomas@westherts.ac.uk

Higher education - University

For some young people higher education is the next step on from further education. When studying at university or college, your young person will work towards one of a range of qualifications, such as a degree, a foundation degree, or a diploma/certificate of Higher Education. Young people can go into higher education at any age but most people enter when they are around 18 years old. There’s a lot to consider if your young person is planning to go into higher education, you'll need to give plenty of thought to:

  • where to study
  • the support needed whilst studying
  • support with day-to-day living
  • money and funding.

You can find out more through UCAS.

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

If you're a student with a learning difficulty, health problem or disability you could apply for Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) to help with the costs of studying. The allowance could be used to pay for things such as special equipment, a note-taker or transport costs to and from university.

You can get the allowances on top of your other student finance and you won't have to repay DSA.

 

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