What is the Transitions Pathway?
- The transitions pathway was designed and co-produced with children and young people in accordance with the SEND Reforms. It focusses on young people ages 14-25; at a time when they start preparing themselves for making important choices beyond school, for the future.
- The transitions pathway will link to the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) for those who have one, building on existing EHCP outcomes, with the focus on preparation for adulthood.
- The pathway is designed to move away from an educational focus with a person centred approach to enable children and young people to have better life outcomes including
- good health and wellbeing,
- meaningful employment,
- independent living and housing,
- relationships and
- community inclusion
Transitions planning must be initiated in Year 9 for those children/young people with an EHC plan as a statutory requirement. We recommend that the pathway is used as a best practice tool regardless of whether the child/young person has an EHC plan or not. Only EHC related pathways will be subject to the Local Authority scrutiny and review however.
Discussions relating to transitions should start taking place as early as Year 5-6; with Year 9 transitions planning having the statutory focus.
The pathway should be reviewed and updated every year subsequently after Year 9; during the annual review.
Transitions planning process is a continuous and evolving process which should reflect the journey of the child/young person.
The pathway should ensure that any significant change points impacting on the life of the child/young person, (e.g.Move within school, moving home, loss of a loved one etc.) is accurately recorded in the pathway.