What happens next…
Our Y11’s left us in June. All have been offered college places following a strong transition programme. Transition to college began at the start of the year. A September newsletter was sent out detailing how to apply for college. All applications had to be made by Christmas break, and via the school so we could update our records, as well as include qualification reports. We had a College Focus Week in November where we took students to visit different colleges – Hertford Regional College, Oaklands and North Herts College. We looked at the differences of teaching, uniform, layout, etc. between school and college.
The college transition workers began visiting Y11’s in January. This became regular, once or twice a week visits, as the year progressed. They sat in classes, talked to teachers and found out exactly what each student would need to make a smooth transition into college. Once interviews were completed the placement offers were sent out. The college and/or school organised taster days for individuals/groups of students as per the college request. The transition workers are supportive of our Y11’s, attending the leavers assembly this year and forging relationships with families.
Now having left us, our Y11’s are looking forward to the summer drop in sessions/days that their college offers in order to maintain that relationship until they start in September.
The Hertfordshire Local Offer have produced a presentation with the leaning pathways for young people with special educational needs. It sets out the specific learning pathways that are available for young people with SEND with they leave school and are considering going to one of the FE colleges in Hertfordshire. This Presentation can be found here.
For more information regarding the college application process please refer to the Autumn 2020 newsletter which can be found here
Supported Internships are for young people aged 16-24 with additional needs who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so. The Supported Internship programme of study is offered by all four FE colleges in Hertfordshire. It is designed to enable young people with additional needs to achieve sustainable, paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need. Most of the learning is based in the workplace within a range of employment settings. Interns are given on-the-job training by expert coaches and are expected to comply with real employment conditions.
Robert Olley is in his final year of a Supported Internship at GSK and has been kind enough to give a presentation at our Post 16 evenings over the past few years. Robert has put together a 6 minute video talking about his experience as a Supported Intern.
It is important to mention that the majority of young people will need to complete some time at their chosen FE college prior to applying for an Supported Internship. For more information on Supported Internships please refer to the YC Hertfordshire website https://www.ychertfordshire.org/careers/additional-support/supported-internships/
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