Preparing for Adulthood
Supporting learners for life beyond school
Transition into the 11 - 19 Phase
Moving on can be a daunting time, so we prepare pupils and parents for when this happens
Towards the end of Year 6 a student will usually have the opportunity to spend some sessions within the 11 - 19 phase of school. This will be carried out with support from the staff from the student’s current class from the 2 - 11 phase. The aim of this is to provide a gentle transition into the phase, in order for the student to be introduced to the new staff who will be supporting them.
Parents of students at the end of year 6 will be invited into school to attend a coffee morning, meet the staff and find out all about the work and exciting opportunities that go on in the department.
Early transition preparation
Once a child reaches the age of 14, the transition process begins. The ‘Transition Plan’ forms part of the Annual Review and All about me documents and will be created with a student and their class staff, and this will be introduced at the student’s year 9 annual review meeting.
At the year 9 review, other professionals become involved with a student – a representative from the New Directions service (formerly Connexions) will attend. This plan is discussed and developed over the next 6 years, until the young person leaves Newfield.
Each year in the summer term Newfield holds a ‘Planning for the future’ careers event, which young people and their families can attend to talk to a wide variety of representatives from post school providers, adult social care and adult health care teams in order to learn about what is on offer within the borough at 19.
Additional agency involvement in transition preparation
Newfield works hard to liaise with many other agencies in order to ensure that all young people leaving school have a smooth transition, and that they and their families feel prepared for the future. There is an extensive preparation for students prior to leaving school, and below are some of the agencies with whom we liaise. As a legal requirement, our pupils must receive Independent Advice and Guidance (IAG) about their futures. This is the responsibility of the Local Authority, who provide this through a partnership agreement. The service becomes involved with students once they reach the age of 14, and remains involved for the rest of their time at Newfield. The personal advisors interview young people with their family before the Annual Reviews which they also attend.
- Adult Social Care – If a child has a social worker, then the children’s social worker will liaise with adult social care in order to ensure a smooth transition to an adult social worker at 18. An adult social worker will attend the annual review before a child reaches the age of 18 to explain the process to the young person and their family. The adult social worker will also inform families how to request an assessment for adult social care if the child does not have a children’s social worker but the family feel that they may require assistance in adult life. Adult social workers can also assist families who are looking for social care, rather than educational, provision for their young person at 19.
- Health Transition Nurse – The school nurse liaises with the transition nurse to draw up a transition health plan which ensures that any health needs are correctly documented and passed on to adult provision. The transition nurse will also meet with families, either at a medical appointment in school, at an annual review meeting or at the family home.
- Colleges and Social Care providers – Representatives from colleges and other post school providers will attend annual reviews to discuss with young people and their families what they have to offer. This usually takes place in years 13 and 14, but if requested, school is able to arrange for advisers to attend at earlier review meetings. Families are also given information about open days and are advised to visit a range of facilities in order to help them make their final decisions.
Transition into adult life
Throughout years 12 to 14 all students will embark on college placements, which will become tailored towards their intended destination post 19.
Newfield has many links with post school providers - Myerscough College, Blackburn College, Stanley Grange, Stable Trading Co., Brothers of Charity - Lisieux Hall, My Step Up, Futures Farm, Pendleton Brook etc. Young people have opportunities to attend some of these provisions, beginning in year 12. Students are encouraged initially to try out a variety of these options. As they become older they refine their choices, and by year 14, young people should be attending their intended destination.
When learners leave Newfield they make effective use of independent guidance in order to choose their next placement. This is an outstanding achievement for this group of learners. (Ofsted, 2016)
In addition, some students work on an individual basis with class staff to complete travel training - learning to travel independently both on foot and using public transport.
All students have opportunities to engage in work experience which is adapted to suit their interests and needs and is organised by school. Additionally, where appropriate, bespoke work placements are available in a range of local businesses including Tesco, Asda, Halfords, Pets at Home.
On leaving the school students receive their Record of Achievement, a portfolio of work and a person centred transition profile, as part of a presentation package which details their achievements.
Final transition preparation
There is extensive preparation in year 14 for young people prior to leaving school. During that final year, the school, with some help from the other agencies involved with a young person, works alongside the young person and their family, to make final decisions and complete the application process to post school provision. At the Annual Review in the final year we bring together all of the people who are important to the young people’s transition in order to ensure that everyone is fully prepared. We may decide with the family to hold an additional interim meeting closer to the end of the academic year. Transitional issues are paramount and most young people begin a transitional course with a post school provider whilst still at school, in order to ensure that they and the providers are confident that the transition and new placement will be successful.
Each learner has a personal programme which is matched expertly to their specific needs and interest. This is a culmination of the school’s excellent approach to person-centred planning across the school. (Ofsted, 2016)
Students move on to a variety of destinations including local colleges, residential colleges, supported employment, and placements using individual budgets.
In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, not all leavers are able to access their future placements Immediately, however, planned transitions were made as follows.
Nine pupils left in the academic year 2019-20 and moved to the following locations:
- 1 students obtained placement at local colleges
- 1 student obtained placement at out of borough day colleges
- 1 student moved out of borough, with intention of attending a day college in their new location
- 4 student attending local social care funded day centres
- 2 students receiving individual social care packages
A careers programme offering guidance and support, placing the individual at the centre.
At Newfield, our careers guidance for pupils is based on the pupils’ own aspirations, abilities and needs. We work with families, to start transition planning early, and we understand the value of supported encounters with the workplace and work experience.
We work closely with colleagues from New Directions, to identify opportunities and develop pupil’s aspirations with regard to the world of work, based around:
- Training courses
- College courses
- Volunteering opportunities
- Advice and Guidance
- Supported Internships
Our Careers leader in school is Assistant Head, Jenny Nelson
She can be contacted in school for any information about the careers learning on offer for pupils.
Every pupil and their parents should have access to information about future study options and labour market opportunities.
Useful information may be found on the following websites:
Preparing for Adulthood - Giving Everyone Equal Life chances as they move into Adulthood - This is funded by Department for Education (DfE) and provides expertise and support to local authorities and their partners to embed preparing for adulthood from the earliest years. They work to ensure that young people with SEND achieve paid employment, independent living, housing options, good health, friendships, relationships and community inclusion.
The Gatsby Benchmarks
Newfield recognises that it is vital to have high expectations and aspirations for all of our learners. We strive throughout school to give experiences which help provide learners with the knowledge to make informed choices, allowing them to fulfil their potential.
The Gatsby benchmarks, a framework of eight guidelines that define the best careers provision, help us to identify where we support the development of life skills and encourage our learners to have ambition.
The Gatsby Benchmarks
- A stable careers programme.
- Learning from career and labour market information.
- Addressing the needs of each pupil.
- Linking curriculum learning to careers.
- Encounters with employers and employees.
- Experiences of workplaces.
- Encounters with further and higher education.
- Personal guidance.
We want our learners to be aware of the employment pathways and opportunities available to them. These include volunteering, supported internships, traineeships and apprenticeships.
Work can help us all to feel part of society and have a stronger purpose that drives us every day.
The Gatsby Benchmarks at Newfield
At Newfield we offer learners a wide range of enriching opportunities to address each of the areas within the Gatsby Benchmarks.
A stable careers programme
- Planning and running termly mini enterprise projects within school.
- Running a weekly lunch club.
- Planning, preparing and serving food to staff in a school cafe.
Learning from career and labour market information.
- Activities learning about different jobs, identifying equipment needed for roles and experiencing choosing and using equipment to complete tasks.
Addressing the needs of each pupil.
- Pupils have specific sessions with our school counsellor and HLTA around planning for the future and transition beyond school.
- All pupils have individual targets and outcomes based on strengths and needs.
- All pupils are involved in creating an ‘All about me’ profile reflecting on their talents as well as what support they may need.
- The very active school council and Rights Respecting School steering group enable pupils to practice many workplace skills.
Linking curriculum learning to careers.
- Activities linked to a range of job roles for example conducting a survey about food preferences and using this to then buy ingredients, prepare and sell food items making practical use of maths, literacy, health and safety, communication and life skills.
- Participation in our annual Takeover Week where pupils take on adult roles in school.
Encounters with employers and employees.
- Running a stall at Blackburn Market each term setting up alongside other traders and selling items to the public.
- Regular visits and liaison with staff and clients at a local nursing home
- Taking part in social action activities including Blackburn Foodbank, Bag2school and other fundraising and awareness raising initiatives to develop interaction skills and an understanding of social responsibility.
Experiences of workplaces.
- Work experience placements.
- Regular visits and liaison with staff at local amenities including Royal Blackburn Hospital, supermarkets etc
- Exploration of objects linked to the world of work.
Encounters with further and higher education.
- Pupils take part in links with other schools, colleges and adult social care providers.
- Transition visits for pupils preparing to leave Newfield are arranged and supported by school staff to their future placements.
- Pupils have annual review meetings with staff from Education, Social Care and Health providing bespoke guidance.
- Pupils have individual sessions with BwD New Directions experts planning for future placements and are supported to understand their options.