If a young person has an EHC Plan, schools have to start the formal preparing for adulthood process from Year 9 (aged 13/14), which will be the planning for your child’s move to further education, employment or training. This means they will invite you, your child and any other professionals involved with your child to a Year 9 Preparing for Adulthood Review meeting.
Children are supported in advance of the review in order for them to fully understand and maximise the potential opportunity of this review so they are able to make an informed contribution. Preparation will explore what is important to the child now and for the future, how to support them best and to find out what their aspirations are.
From this meeting transition planning must be written into the revised EHC plan, including how any educational, health and social care needs will be met. This will include details about planning for the transition from school to further education, training or employment and where relevant, transition arrangements from children’s to adult’s social care and health care services.
The EHC Plan will be reviewed every 12 months and any appropriate changes will be made following the review. In Years 10, and 11 the school is responsible for identifying EHC Plan review dates and the person in the school who will be the lead, e.g. the designated Teacher or SENCo. The school is also responsible for circulating invitations to all key stakeholders.
For more information about this process speak to your school SENCo or see the “Sunderland Multi-agency preparing for adulthood protocol and pathway for children and young people with SEND”.
The Department for Education have developed an outcomes tool that is designed to support the development of PfA outcomes in EHC plans across the age range. It explores the key indicators for preparing for adulthood at different ages and stages of development. Download a copy of the tool here.