Discussions about a child’s choices at 16 begin in Year 9 when your child’s development is reviewed.
This review is special as it begins to look at your child's dreams and ideas for the future. The Year 9 review is called a Positive Transition Review .
Most disabled young people can have their needs met within their local mainstream school sixth form or college. All schools have a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) who is responsible for ensuring the needs of your child are met, and colleges have a Learning Support Manager performing a similar role.
Your child may decide that they want to study further and attend a college or university. Financial help in the form of allowances are available to SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) students: Disabled students allowance .
Careers education, information, advice and guidance
Impartial careers guidance is provided by C&K Careers to all young people in all Calderdale secondary schools. They have a Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD) team who are experienced in working with young people who have a range of additional needs. The team also works with young people with LDD who are educated outside Calderdale.
Careers advisers begin working with young people in year 8 or 9, helping to prepare for the future. They will attend reviews held in school and be available to discuss options with you. The help they provide can extend beyond school age as they also provide support in Further Education (eg Calderdale College) and have a post dedicated to working with young people with learning difficulties / disabilities up to 25 years old.
Talk to your careers adviser about the courses available. All colleges are happy for you to look around and ask questions - contact the college direct to arrange a visit and find out more:
- Calderdale College, Halifax: Local Offer
- The Maltings College
- Kirklees College, Huddersfield: Learning Support
- Bradford College: Local Offer
Flexible 5 Day Offer
A scheme for students with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan to experience a positive transition from school to college and employment within the Calderdale area. For more about this, please read:Flexible 5 Day Offer [PDF 151KB]. You can also view an example Flexible 5 day offer - example timetable May 2017 [PDF 273KB] .
Transport assistance for Post 16 learners with Special Educational Needs
Learners with an Education Health and Care plan are supported up to aged 25 years, subject to finance, see: Learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities for further details.
Council employment schemes
The Council runs several schemes to help young people gain worthwhile employment and make a valuable contribution. You must be over 18 to access the following training services. They can sometimes arrange work experience at Flutterbites for younger people, if they are supported through school.
Calderdale Adult Learning (CAL) courses
CAL offers a range of courses for adults with learning disabilities aged 19+ in a safe and friendly environment. Courses include: Art, Cookery, Maths, English, First Aid and Food Safety.
Independent educational institutions
For some young people there may be times when their needs cannot be met by a local mainstream provider and a more specialist provider may be more appropriate.
To help you identify the most appropriate post-16 specialist provider, the Government has compiled a list of educational establishments: List of approved special institutions .
For more about providers on the list, contact: SEND support .