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Supporting SEN & neurodiverse students with post-16 transitions

The transition into post-16 further education or training can be incredibly challenging for students with SEND, especially those who are neurodiverse. Diane Ainsworth considers how we can help to overcome the barriers
Bringing education and industry together: The Digital Independent Specialist College (DISC) based in Manchester offers supported learning at a pre-internship and internship level for 16 to 24-year-olds who have Education, Health and Care Plans (image: supplied)

At the age of 16, young people make the transition to their post-16 learning destinations. While for many this is not always a straightforward process, for young people with SEND, transitions can be particularly challenging.

So often, young people with SEND have flourished within a secure and nurturing environment provided by their specialist or mainstream school. The collaborative, person-centred working practices of professionals within these settings ensures that they can meet needs of each individual, resulting in a highly personalised approach to learning, aligning with each young person’s interests and aspirations.

However, when the time comes to move on to their next step, which can often be a bigger, mainstream setting or large employer, things can begin to fall apart.

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