Discussions about a child’s choices at 16 begin in Year 9 when your child’s development is reviewed.
- They will get a copy of What Next? in Calderdale [PDF 4787KB]. This is full of information on some of the options available to help you prepare for adulthood.
This review is special, as it begins to look at your child’s dreams and ideas for the future. This is called a: 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). They are responsible for making sure the needs of your child are met. Colleges have a Learning Support Manager that does 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 is available to SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) students: Disabled students allowance.
There is a resource for children with additional needs that provides for a flexible approach. This is known as:
- The Notional SEN budget in Mainstream schools.
- The Additional Learning Support budget at college.
Careers education, information, advice and guidance
Impartial careers guidance is given by C&K Careers to all young people in all Calderdale secondary schools. They have a Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD) team experienced in working with young people with 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 offer can extend beyond school age, to Further Education (such as Calderdale College). They have some advisors who just work with young people with learning difficulties/disabilities up to the age of 25.
There is a Careers Centre in Halifax that has public access through the week. It has specialist support for young people with additional needs. For more about this, visit: C&K Careers.
Talk to your careers advisor about what courses there are. Colleges are happy for you to go look around and ask them questions.
To arrange a visit and find out more, contact the college direct:
- Calderdale College, Halifax.
- Trinity Sixth Form Academy, Halifax: Local Offer.
- Kirklees College, Huddersfield: SEND.
- Bradford College: Local Offer .
- Burnley College: Additional Learning Needs.
Are you thinking of going to university? Take a look at Hanna Louise’s top five tips for people with disabilities and SEN.
Flexible Five Day Offer
This scheme is for students with an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan. It is so they can experience a positive transition from school to college and employment in Calderdale.
For more about this, please read:Flexible 5 Day Offer [PDF 31KB].
For an example, please view: Flexible 5 day offer – example timetable [PDF 273KB].
To apply for a place, please complete this form: 5-Day Offer Referral [PDF 252KB].
Transport assistance for Post-16 learners with SEN
Learners with an Education Health and Care plan are supported up to the age of 25, subject to finance.
For more on the Post-16 Transport Policy and application, please see: Learners with Special Educational Needs.
Council employment schemes
We run schemes to help young people gain worthwhile employment. You must be over 18 to do these.
At times, younger people can do work experience at Flutterbites, if supported through by their school.
- Post-16 options.
- Café HX1 is a free training café based at Higgins Close Day Centre. It offers catering and customer service skills for adults with a wide range of learning disabilities. This can support them to move on to paid or voluntary employment in industry. For more about this:
- phone Lynne Dignam: 01422 255441.
- Email Lynne.Dignam@calderdale.gov.uk.
- Customer service opportunities in catering at the Flutter Bites cafe in Halifax. This is a working café in Manor Heath Park. It offers work experience to people with a learning disability in a busy café. When vacancies arise, there is the chance to get paid employment. For more about this, phone:
- Helen Priestley on mobile: 07867 746628.
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.
We are always interested in meeting the needs of the community. If you have any ideas about the courses you would like to see running, please let us know. For more details on any of our courses, see: Adult Learning Courses.
Independent education institutions
For some young people, there are times when their needs cannot be met by a local mainstream provider. A more specialist one can be more suitable.
To help you find a post-16 specialist provider, the Government has a: List of approved special institutions .
For more about providers on the list, contact: SEND support.
For more details or advice on choices for those aged 16, please see: Post-16 options.
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