Transition to adult life

The term ‘transition' is used to describe the process of moving through the stages of life. Within a school setting children ‘transition’ many times throughout their time with us for example from class to class, between Key Stages and from the Primary to Secondary School until a final transition out of school, usually at the age of 19.

What is a 14+ Transition Review?

If your son or daughter has a statement of SEN, you will already be used to attending the Annual Review of their statement. In Year 9, the Annual Review is called a 14+ Transition Review. It is at this time that a Transition Plan is drawn up to help plan for your child’s future.

During this meeting the previous year’s progress and Statement of SEN will be reviewed and discussion will commence regarding transition. The pupil, with professionals and their parents, will begin to consider options post Linden Lodge together. The Transition Plan sets out what you and your son or daughter would like to happen in the future and begins to identify the support that you may require to achieve this. At each subsequent Annual Review transition planning is discussed and the Plan updated.

Who should attend the 14+ Transition Review?

You, your son or daughter and key members of school staff attend the 14+ Transition Review, alongside other agencies and professionals that have been invited (which may include representatives from different departments within your Local Authority and may include Health Professionals if appropriate).

The structure of child and adult social care teams varies between areas; some areas have specific transition workers to help young people with a learning disability and their families plan for adult life. Previously a ‘Connexions’ Personal Adviser attended the Year 9 review, but in some areas these services no longer exist or have been incorporated within the Local Authority Transition Team. Other professionals and agencies, such as health can also be invited to contribute to the Transition Plan.

Linden Lodge School will invite relevant agencies to attend the 14+ Transition Review, but parents are welcome to ask for other professionals to attend. The school will collate replies and you are welcome to liaise with our Pupil Services team to be updated about who has confirmed attendance in advance. Although Agencies and Services Departments are invited, they do not always attend review meetings. We appreciate that this can be a source of frustration to parents, but unfortunately this is beyond the control of the school.

What is a Transition Plan?

The Transition Plan should clearly set out the pupil's and their parents'/carers' ideas and hopes for the future and should cover all aspects of life, not just identifying a college or service they may be moving on to. It is important that, where possible, the plan is based primarily on what the young person thinks and reflects the choices that they have made.

The Children and Families Act 2014 introduced major changes for disabled children and young people with Special Educational Needs. The Act extended the SEN system from birth to the age of 25, giving children, young people and their parents greater control and choice in decisions.

What happens to the Transition Plan after Year 9?

Following the Year 9 14+ Transition Review, the Transition Plan will be discussed and reviewed at all subsequent Annual Reviews and updated.

Services will continue to be invited to every Annual Review but you may find that some will only attend the Year 9, 14+ Transition Review and then the Annual Review in the final year. Services that are invited but do not attend will receive a copy of the Annual Review report which includes the Transition Plan (as updated as a result of the Review).

By the time of the final Annual Review meeting in your son or daughter's last year of school (Year 14), you should have a clear idea of your child’s plan for the future post Linden Lodge, and how it will be funded.