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Careers education for students with SEND

Effective careers advice is vital for students with SEND, who are more likely to become NEET. Jenny Bayliss explains her school’s work to offer students the best advice and experiences

Employment figures for individuals with SEND are worrying. According to the charity Mencap, young people with a learning disability are three times more likely to be NEET (not in education, employment and training) than those without a learning disability.

Meanwhile, the National Autistic Society’s employment campaign tells us that just 16 per cent of adults with autism are in full-time paid work and, in 2017, the Guardian reported that only six per cent of people with learning disabilities are in paid work.

There are many reasons for these numbers, but one factor is the careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) that some students with SEND receive.

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