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Transition Year 9 – Age 13/14 (SEND)

This page will tell you all about some of the things that will happen when you are in Year 9. These things may not always happen exactly in the order below but they should happen at some point during the school year. If there is…

Transition Year 9 – Age 13/14 (SEND)

This page will tell you all about some of the things that will happen when you are in Year 9. These things may not always happen exactly in the order below but they should happen at some point during the school year. If there is anything that you don’t understand ask your parents or carers or your teachers.

First Transition Review

This review is a meeting with lots of people who are involved in your life and planning for your future. You can invite the people that are important to you like your parents, teachers and your social worker if you have one. You should be asked if you want to go to the meeting to join in and hear what is discussed. If you decide that you don’t want to go then someone will let you know what happened and what was discussed. A meeting like this will happen every year until you are 18/19.

Transitions Plan written

After your Transition Review, your Transition Plan will be written. This plan will include all of the things that are important to you for the future. For example, what will happen when you leave school and how you can get help and achieve what you want to do. This is meant to be a Person-Centred Plan. This means that it should include your views, wishes and feelings At this stage, it will mostly be about things related to school and education.

When your Transitions Plan has been finished it will be sent to all of the people that need to see it. Who these people are will depend on what support you need but they will probably include your parents or carers, your school and your social worker if you have one. A copy will also be sent to the SEND Integrated Service at Buckinghamshire Council. You should be given a copy of your plan. If you haven’t been given a copy then ask your school and they will be able to get one for you.

Other Transition Stages 

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

Transition Year 10 – Age 14/15 (SEND)

This page will tell you all about some of the things that will happen when you are in Year 10. These things may not always happen exactly in the order below but they should happen at some point during the school year. If there is…

Transition Year 10 – Age 14/15 (SEND)

This page will tell you all about some of the things that will happen when you are in Year 10. These things may not always happen exactly in the order below but they should happen at some point during the school year. If there is anything that you don’t understand ask your parents or carers or your teachers.

Annual Transition Review

This is a meeting to discuss all the things that need to happen to help you do what you want to do successfully. All the people that will help you are invited to come to the meeting. Your parents or carers will also be invited. You should be asked if you want to go to the meeting. If you don’t want to go someone should let you know what was talked about. A meeting like this will happen every year until you are 18 or 19.

Transition Plan

Your Transitions Plan will be updated with any changes that are needed and it will be sent to all of the people that need to see it. Who these people are will depend on what support you need but they will probably include your parents, carers, school and your social worker if you have one. A copy will also be sent to the SEND Integrated Service at Buckinghamshire Council. This plan should still reflect your views, wishes and feelings and if you would like to see a copy ask your school and they will be able to show you one.

Work Experience or planning

Depending on which school you are at you may get the chance to do some work experience in year 10 or 11. If your school does it in year 11 then in year 10 you will probably start to find out more about what work experience involves. It is a good idea to start thinking about where you might like to do your work experience. If you need any help, or you are not sure if your school does work experience, then talk to your teacher or look at our Supported Internships, Work Experience and Employment information.

Information about post 16 options

Now is a good time to think about what sort of thing you might like to do after you finish year 11. Would you like to stay at school or go to college? Would you like to do A levels or another type of course? If you have an idea about what you would like to do for a job in the future, do you know what you need to do to make it happen? If you need help or just want to talk about it then talking to your parents, carers or your teachers is a good way to start.

Other Transition Stages 

Transition Year 9 (age 13/14)

Transition Year 11 (age 15/16)

Transition Year 12 (age 16/17)

Transition Year 13 (age 17/18)

Transition Age 18 and Over

Transition Year 11 – Age 15/16 (SEND)

This page will tell you all about some of the things that will happen when you are in Year 11. These things may not always happen exactly in the order below but they should happen at some point during the school year. If there is anything…

Transition Year 11 – Age 15/16 (SEND)

This page will tell you all about some of the things that will happen when you are in Year 11. These things may not always happen exactly in the order below but they should happen at some point during the school year. If there is anything that you don’t understand ask your parents or carers or your teachers.

Annual Transition Review

This is a meeting to discuss all the things that need to happen to help you do what you want to do successfully. All the people that will help you are invited to come to the meeting. Your parents or carers will also be invited. You may be asked if you want to go to the meeting. If you don’t go someone should let you know what was talked about. This review will especially look at what you are going to do at the end of this school year.

Your Transitions Review might be included in your LAC Review.

If you are a Looked After Child or young person then your Transitions Review might be included in your LAC Review. Your social worker will begin to talk to you about what will happen when you become an adult and what services might be available for you.

Transition Plan updated and distributed

Your Transitions Plan will be updated with any changes that are needed and it will be sent to all of the people that need to see it. Who these people are will depend on what support you need but they will probably include your parents or carers, your school and your social worker if you have one. A copy will also be sent to the SEND Integrated Service at Buckinghamshire Council. This plan should still reflect your views, wishes and feelings and if you would like to see a copy ask your school and they will be able to show you one.

Education Health and Care Plans

At the annual review in the year before the young person leaves school, it will be important to talk about whether they want to continue their education to help prepare them for their adult lives. If they do want to continue their education, the young person will be able to state a preference for a course and college they would like to attend.
Their views will be very carefully considered and where possible and appropriate, a college placement will be arranged.

For young people who need a high level of support, they may have an Education Health and Care Plan as part of preparing for adulthood. For young people who need a lower level of support, they may have a SEN Support Plan, which will set out the support they need at college.

Information about future education options

Your school will talk to you about what you would like to do once you have finished year 11. This might include talking about staying at school or going to college and about doing A levels or another type of course like an NVQ or an ASDAN. They will give you advice about how to go about doing what you want to do and how to plan your next steps.

Future employment/training options talked about if not staying in education

If you don’t want to stay in education your school will give you advice about getting a job or doing some training. This means that you don’t want to stay at school or go to college but want to get a job and start working. If you would like more advice about getting a job take a look at the ‘Useful links’ page or talk to your teachers.

Work Experience

If your school does work experience, and you didn’t do any in year 10, then you will probably do some work experience this year or in year 12 or 13. There are lots of different places to do work experience and your school will be able to help you find somewhere. Read our information on Supported Internships, Work Experience and Employment.

LAC – Pathway plan written

This is a joint plan written by you and your social worker. It is only written for Looked After Children. This plan will talk about all the steps for the future and help you get ready to leave care. It will talk about things like where you are going to live and any other support you might need. If you want to go to university or get a job this will also be included in this plan. Once it is written your social worker will keep checking in with you and help you stay on track with the plan you have made. They will also be able to make any changes that are needed as you go along.

LAC – Informed about Leaving Care Status

Your social worker will talk to you about your ‘Leaving Care Status’. They will explain what this means and how it will affect you. There are a few different statuses and they all mean different things so ask your social worker if you are confused about anything.

Advice about services once 18

In this year the process of deciding whether or not you are eligible for any adult services will begin. If you are involved with Children’s Social Care then they will talk to you about what is going to happen. Read more about Transitions to Adult Social Care.

Other Transition Stages 

Transition Year 9 (age 13/14)

Transition Year 10 (age 14/15)

Transition Year 12 (age 16/17)

Transition Year 13 (age 17/18)

Transition Age 18 and Over

Transition Year 12 – Age 16/17 (SEND)

This page will tell you all about some of the things that will happen when you are in Year 12. These things may not always happen exactly in the order below but they should happen at some point during the school year. If there is…

Transition Year 12 – Age 16/17 (SEND)

This page will tell you all about some of the things that will happen when you are in Year 12. These things may not always happen exactly in the order below but they should happen at some point during the school year. If there is anything that you don’t understand ask your parents or carers or your teachers.

Annual Transition Review

This is a meeting to discuss all the things that need to happen to help you do what you want to do successfully.

All the people that will help you are invited to come to the meeting. Your parents or carers will also be invited. You should be asked if you want to go to the meeting. If you don’t go someone should let you know what was talked about. This meeting may talk about whether or not you would like to go to University and what is needed to help you do well at college or school. The meeting is all about you and what your hopes and dreams are.

LAC – Care Manager from AFW invited to your LAC Review

If it has been decided that you will need some help from the Adults and Family Wellbeing service when you turn 18 then they may be invited to come along to your LAC review so that they can be involved in the planning for your future to work out what support and help you might need.

Transition Plan updated and distributed

Your Transitions Plan will be updated with any changes that are needed and it will be sent to all of the people that need to see it. Who these people are will depend on what support you need but they will probably include your parents or carers, your school and your social worker if you have one. A copy will also be sent to the Integrated SEND Service at Buckinghamshire Council. This plan should still reflect your views, wishes and feelings and if you would like to see a copy ask your school and they will be able to show you one.

Education Health and Care Plans

At the annual review in the year before the young person leaves school, it will be important to talk about whether they want to continue their education to help prepare them for their adult lives. If they do want to continue their education, the young person will be able to state a preference for a course and college they would like to attend.
Their views will be very carefully considered and where possible and appropriate, a college placement will be arranged.

For young people who need a high level of support, they may have an Education Health and Care Plan as part of preparing for adulthood. For young people who need a lower level of support, they may have a SEN Support Plan, which will set out the support they need at college.

Information about future education options

This might include talking about staying at school or going to college and about doing A levels or another type of course like an NVQ or an ASDAN. They may also talk to you about whether or not you want to go to university. They will give you advice about how to go about doing what you want to do and how to plan your next steps. Your school may also be able to help you make this decision and should be able to explain all of the different things that you can do.

Future employment/training options talked about if not staying in education

If you don’t want to stay in education your school or college will give you advice about getting a job or doing some training. This means that you don’t want to stay at school or go to college but want to get a job and start working. If you would like more advice about getting a job talk to your teachers.

Adults and Family Wellbeing (AFW) Service is contacted if your school or Social Worker thinks you can receive services

Your school or social worker will contact the Adults and Family Wellbeing service if they think that you might need help or support to do everyday tasks like cooking, managing money or getting dressed. If AFW think that they can help then they will come and do an assessment with you. If you haven’t been referred to AFW by your school or social worker but you think you should have been then you can refer yourself at 17 if you want to Adult social care.

After being contacted the AFW Service will visit and do an Assessment with you. They will also offer you and your family/carers advice about independent living and adult services. If Adults and Family Wellbeing have been contacted by your school or social worker then they will come and do an assessment. This assessment should be done face to face with you.

Other Transition Stages 

Transition Year 9 (age 13/14)

Transition Year 10 (age 14/15)

Transition Year 11 (age 15/16)

Transition Year 13 (age 17/18)

Transition Age 18 and Over

Transition Year 13 – Age 17/18 (SEND)

This page will tell all about some of the things that will happen when you are in Year 13. These things may not always happen exactly in the order below but they should happen at some point during the school year. If there is anything…

Transition Year 13 – Age 17/18 (SEND)

This page will tell all about some of the things that will happen when you are in Year 13. These things may not always happen exactly in the order below but they should happen at some point during the school year. If there is anything that you don’t understand ask your parents or carers or your teachers.

Annual Transition Review

This is a meeting to discuss all the things that need to happen to help you do what you want to do successfully. All the people that will help you are invited to come to the meeting. Your parents or carers will also be invited. You should be asked if you want to go to the meeting. If you don’t go someone should let you know what was talked about. This meeting may talk about whether or not you would like to University and what is needed to help you do well at college or school. It is meant to be all about you and what your hopes and dreams are.

Transitions Plan updated

Your Transitions Plan will be updated with any changes that are needed and it will be sent to all of the people that need to see it.

Who these people are will depend on what support you need but they will probably include your parents or carers, your school and your social worker if you have one. A copy will also be sent to the SEND Integrated Service at Buckinghamshire Council. This plan should still reflect your views, wishes and feelings and if you would like to see a copy ask your school and they will be able to show you one.

Information about future options for education/ employment/training

It is important to think about what you might like to do in future. This might include staying at school or college or thinking about going to university. There are lots of different qualifications that you can do like an ASDAN or an NVQ or a university degree. If you don’t want to stay in education anymore then you could get a job or do some training to help you get a job in the future. You could also do some voluntary work. If you need extra help in your job then you could look at some supported employment schemes. For more information about getting a job, you can also talk to a careers advisor at your school or college. Read more about Supported Internships, Work Experience and Employment.

Education Health and Care Plans

At the annual review in the year before the young person leaves school, it will be important to talk about whether they want to continue their education to help prepare them for their adult lives. If they do want to continue their education, the young person will be able to state a preference for a course and college they would like to attend.
Their views will be very carefully considered and where possible and appropriate, a college placement will be arranged.

For young people who need a high level of support, they may have an Education Health and Care Plan as part of preparing for adulthood. For young people who need a lower level of support, they may have a SEN Support Plan, which will set out the support they need at college.

Handover from Children’s Services to Adult Services (if appropriate)

If you are eligible for Adult services then your social worker from Children’s services and your new social worker from Adult services will plan a handover. This means that they will transfer all the information about what support and help you need. Usually, this handover will take place around your 18th birthday. Exactly what happens will depend on what your needs are but someone should let you know what is happening. You may have already met your new social worker but if you haven’t they should introduce themselves. They might introduce themselves over the phone or in person. If you are confused about anything then make sure that you ask questions.

Other Transition Stages 

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 Age 18 and Over

Transition Age 18 and Over (SEND)

This page will tell you all about some of the things that will happen once you have turned 18. Exactly what happens once you have turned 18 will depend on your needs but some of the things below will probably happen. If there is anything…

Transition Age 18 and Over (SEND)

This page will tell you all about some of the things that will happen once you have turned 18. Exactly what happens once you have turned 18 will depend on your needs but some of the things below will probably happen. If there is anything that you don’t understand ask your parents or carers, your teachers or contact the Buckinghamshire Council Customer Service Centre and we will try to find someone who can answer your questions.

Final Transition Review (Aged 18 to 19)

Depending on your statement you will have your Final Transition Review at 18 or 19. You should be told if the meeting is your final one. In this meeting, you will discuss the things that need to be in place to help you in the future. This might include talking about training or more education as well as talking about independent living and money. This meeting is all about you and what you would like to achieve in the future. All the people that will help you are invited to come to the meeting. Your parents or carers will also be invited. You should be asked if you want to go to the meeting if you don’t go someone should let you know what was talked about.

Information about training/employment

If you are still in education but don’t want to stay there anymore then your school or college will give you advice about getting a job or doing some training to help you get a job in the future. If you would like more advice about getting a job take a look at the ‘Useful links’ page or talk to your teachers. Read more about Supported Internships, Work Experience and Employment.

Information about positive activities

There are lots of different things that you can do to keep you occupied and busy. Some of these might just be for fun and some of these things might help you learn new things or make it easier to get a job. For more information about activities for young people in your area take a look at the Youthspace S.E.N.D area. You may also be interested in the activities on the Bucks Connect Website.

If you are still at college then there will be people around to make sure that you have all the help and support you need to do as well as you can. If you have any questions or think you need more support then you can talk to student support workers at your college.

Transitions Plan Completed

Your Transitions Plan will be updated with any final changes that are needed and it will be sent to all of the people that need to see it. Who these people are will depend on what support you need but they will probably include your parents or carers, your school and your social worker if you have one. A copy will also be sent to the SEND Integrated Service at Buckinghamshire Council. This plan should still reflect your views, wishes and feelings and if you would like to see a copy ask your school and they will be able to show you one.

Education Health and Care Plans

At the annual review in the year before the young person leaves school, it will be important to talk about whether they want to continue their education to help prepare them for their adult lives. If they do want to continue their education, the young person will be able to state a preference for a course and college they would like to attend.

Their views will be very carefully considered and where possible and appropriate, a college placement will be arranged.

For young people who need a high level of support, they may have an Education Health and Care Plan as part of preparing for adulthood. For young people who need a lower level of support, they may have a SEN Support Plan, which will set out the support they need at college.

Earlier Transition Stages 

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)

Related information and links

Changing from child to adult care

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…

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.