Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) face many of the same challenges as their peers – deciding on which subjects to study and their career path after school. However, they also have to deal with challenges related to their mental and physical health issues, and other people’s negative stereotyping and assumptions about their limitations.
SEND young people are likely to need extra support – including specialist equipment, financial and travel assistance, and health services – to move from school onto further study, training or the world of work. From Year 9, SEND students and their families are encouraged to plan for this transition by reviewing their Education, Health and Care plans, where one is in place. In addition, there are a number of organisations that offer support specifically for SEND young people, from local schools and local authorities to specialist training agencies.
This section aims to provide SEND students and their families with links to help them choose school subjects that suit their skills and abilities, to know their entitlement to support, to look at potential study, training and work options after school, as well as sources of practical support for students and their parents/carers.