Making decisions about what steps to take beyond school can be daunting. Many young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) want to go to college. To help the decision-making progress we've created a guide for parents and carers, and for young people.
The guide sets out the learning pathways that the four Further Education colleges in Hertfordshire offer. For most students Post-16 learning is for two years but could be extended to three. Progress is reviewed annually and next steps, are jointly discussed and agreed between the college, the young person and their parents or carers.
Many of the pathways are designed for individuals whose needs might be best addressed by accessing discrete, specialised SEND programmes. Alternatively, for some young people who meet the necessary requirements, the way forward might be to access a mainstream vocational programme that's combined with a package of additional learning support. Both options are offered by the colleges and explored in the guide.
The guide provides a starting point for discussion between parents, carers and young people and aims to highlight options that you may want to pursue further. Attending college open days will help but in addition each learning pathway contains key college contacts who will answer any queries you may have.