Support for Learners with SEND

Careers Advisers from Young People’s Support Services (YPSS) will attend Education Health and Care Plan meetings from Year 8/9 onward to offer support with their future plans. 

  • During Years 8 or 9 (age 13/14) depending on which school your child attends, they will choose their options to decide which subjects they will continue with. This will be GCSE’s or alternative qualifications in addition to English, Math’s and Science.
  • During Year 11, they will decide how they would like to continue learning. Some of the options they may choose are: sixth form or college training, an apprenticeship, employment or supported employment.
  • At age 18 + students may need advice about what to do next. Next steps could include; further training, employment, supported employment, apprenticeships or University.

If your child is planning to continue in education they will need to make a decision about their future plans by March of the year they will finish.

Your child will have access to a Careers Adviser from YPSS who works within their school, to advise them about their next steps and give all the relevant information to help with future plans.  This support could include:

  • Information on further education courses
  • Applying for Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • Advice on Supported Internships
  • Support with completing college and Job application forms
  • Information on Financial support and transport
  • Signposting to agencies to access additional support

For more information on Lincolnshire's Local Offer please click here 

Bishop Grosseteste University

Hear from students attending BGU about their experiences of support whilst studying. 

University of Lincoln

Each year, the University of Lincoln hosts the The WOW Summer School.

The Wellbeing Orientation Welcome, or WOW Summer school, is an award winning transitional Summer school for students with a diagnosis of autism, Asperger’s or a condition that may make the transition from further education to university more challenging.

WOW is a free, 3 day, 2 night stay on campus and it provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the University, what to expect and what is expected of them whilst studying at Higher Education level. It’s aim is to ease any anxieties students may have, about the transition into University life.

It may be the first time that some students have lived away from home, lived with others or cooked or cleaned for themselves independently. Some students may have concerns about the potential learning environments, ways in which they study, social interactions and all the forthcoming changes that becoming a University student can bring.

Students are provided with a room on campus, within the University Halls of Residence and will live with other students for the time of the residential. This will give them the opportunity to engage socially with their peers and; as evident from previous students who attended WOW, build strong friendships that will last through to enrolment and beyond.

A comprehensive programme of workshops, teaching sessions and social events gives prospective students a flavour of what lies ahead.

WOW Summer School

Additional Resources

The Transition and Wellbeing Team at the University of Lincoln created a series of guides for teachers and parents/carers to support young SEN Learners with transition to University. 

University and College Guide for SEN Learners