Post 16 Transition - Education (SEND)

Young people with Special Educational Needs or disability are often at risk of missing out on opportunities in education, employment and training. Here you can find information on transitions in education and where to look for post 16 education.

What does transitions mean?

Transition refers to the preparing, planning and move from teenager to adult if a person has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan). Find out more in the Preparing for Adulthood section.

What are the Transition Stages in Education?

From Year 9 (ages 13 to 14 years), young people with SEND will start to think about the year ahead and the steps they would like to take. Here are the six stages from Year 9, all the way up until 18 and over.

Transition Year 9 (age 13/14)

Transition Year 10 (age 14/15)

Transition Year 11 (age 15/16)

Transition Year 12 (age 16/17)

Transition Year 13 (age 17/18)

Transition Age 18 and Over

Education beyond 16

Applying to college for young people with SEND

Supported Internships, Work Experience and Employment

Apprenticeship by Buckinghamshire Adult Learning

FAQ about college study for young people with SEND

Services that can help

SEND IAS (Information, Advice and Support Service)

The Children and Young People’s Adviser at Buckinghamshire SEND IAS can independently offer you:

  • Information, advice and support on Education, Health and Social Care
  • Help with getting your views heard
  • Help to find out what support is available for you and opportunities in the local area.

Care Advice Buckinghamshire website

Features information on ways to assess your own needs, community support, care products and services and more. The website also provides information for carers and relatives.