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Year 9 is when pupils at mainstream schools choose the GSCE topics they would like to study next year.

If your child isn't working at GCSE level, ask the school about other qualifications to work towards.

These might include:

  • Entry-level qualifications: you can take these in traditional subjects, or vocational subjects and life skills.
  • Functional skills qualifications: focus on practical skills in English, maths or ICT. They give you the confidence to get the most out of work, education and everyday life.
  • BTEC qualifications: work-related courses, allowing students to go on to further education or work.

If your child attends a specialist provision that goes up to Year 14 you might want to start thinking about whether they stay there until the end of year 14 (aged 19 ) or whether they should transfer to a college course at 16.

If you have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, your Year 9 plan review - and every review afterwards - includes a focus on preparing for adulthood.

Preparing for adulthood planning should:

  • support you into further education and/or work
  • prepare you for independent living
  • help you to look after your health in adult life
  • support you to participate in society, including help to develop and maintain friendships and relationships.

If your child has a learning disability, make sure your GP records this on their notes. Their notes should have your information as a carer on too.

This will help to make sure your child gets the right health care at all times and in all settings.

People aged 14 and over with a special educational need can get annual health checks from their GP. They are a chance to get used to visiting the doctor’s surgery.

The move to adult services should:

  • be led by a named worker, often a nurse or school nurse in special school
  • not be based on age, but be based on development, taking into account your child's capabilities and needs
  • take place at a time when you are settled, i.e. not at the same time as another big change, like moving from school to college or during a health crisis
  • be reviewed at least once a year.

Different clinics and hospitals do transition differently, but they should all follow the NICE guidelines.

Have your child's support needs changed now they're getting older? They might want to take part in more social and leisure activities. You might want Direct Payments for a Personal Assistant to make this happen.

Young people aged 13-18 with disabilities and learning disabilities can take part in YC Hertfordshire youth projects.

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