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Making decisions about what steps to take beyond school can be daunting for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers. Different pathways can be chosen including, for example, taking a course at a local further education college or accessing employment with training.  

Supporting the effective transition of students from special school into post-16 provision

Our guide, Supporting the effective transition of students from special school into post-16 provision, sets out a framework of activities designed to support young people to transition into their new post-16 environment with confidence.

Although targeted at supporting students in specialist provision, the guide can also be used to inform parents or carers of young people with SEND in mainstream schools. It will enable you to start a discussion with your child about their goals for the future and the activities that they would find useful to help prepare them to make the transition from school. You can use this information to plan next steps with teachers and other SEND professionals.

Read Supporting the effective transition of students from special school into post-16 provision

Learning Pathways guide

Many young people with SEND will want to go to college but don’t know where to start or what courses are available to them. We've created a clear and simple tool that shows what each of the four Further Education colleges in Hertfordshire offer. You can also find out who to contact in each college if you want to know more.

Read more about our Learning Pathways guide

Study Plus - providing the right skills and training for work or further education

Courses to help 16-24 year olds to get into work or further study are provided by Study Plus programme. Study Plus is a free course that will provide you with the right skills and training to get you into a job, an apprenticeship or further education. 

The next free Study Plus courses will be held on

16 April 2018 - 25 July 2018 :Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 9:30am – 4pm

Venue: Hemel Hempstead, Adeyfield Community Centre, The Queen’s Square, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4EW

And in Ware from

 17 April 2018 - 26 July 2018 : Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9:30am – 4pm

at:  Marsh Lane Young People’s Centre, Marsh Lane, Ware, SG12 9QB (situated behind the Premier Inn and Beefeater)

For more information contact HAFLS on 01992 556194, email hafls@hertfordshire.gov.uk or find out more on their website.