This webinar was run to support the launch of a new resource: Securing Good Transitions: A resource pack to support the next steps of Key Stage 4 pupils with SEND. You can download this resource pack using the link at the bottom of this page.
People with SEND have the right to choose a path toward education and employment. However, while freedom of choice is given, the right to work is earned. Earning the right to work is dependent upon the student's preparation. Simon, Stephen, ADA Quarterly, Fall 1998.
Strong transition and careers advice and guidance in schools is essential for all learners, yet in this time of national crisis it can feel impossible. Curriculum design has had to change significantly, classroom delivery has had to change immeasurably, but out of this have come some of the most innovative adaptions and flexibilities we have ever seen. Everything is possible, we just have to re-think, re-group and share best practice.
This webinar will explore why it is essential that we focus on positive transitions for our learners with SEND, both during this pandemic and after. How to use these resources to support best practice and remain high aiming and truly learner focused. And what the impact will be, both in the short and long term for this cohort across each of our schools.
Claire Cookson is the CEO of DFN Project Search. Claire began her career in education and was Associate Headteacher of Woodlands School, a broad-spectrum Special School, before joining the DFN Charitable Foundation in 2019. She is a passionate advocate both in the education sector, as well as with employers, and has developed an extensive knowledge of supported employment provisions across the country. Her recent work partnering with National Grid to develop the supported internship programme, EmployAbility Let’s Work Together, has seen Claire emerge as one of the leading educational voices for supported employment in the UK.
DFN Project Search is a Whole School SEND Consortium partner. Project SEARCH is an international transition to work programme committed to transforming the lives of young people with learning disabilities and autism.