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Preparing young people with learning difficulties or disabilities for adulthood

In November Open Awards attended the Department for Education’s ‘Partnership Working for Preparing for Adulthood’ event in Speke. It was targeted at schools, FE Colleges, training providers and councils involved in the implementation of Education Health and Care plans (EHCPs). This is article is a summary of the key points and provides links to Open Awards’ work in this area.

Ofsted have begun their programme of local area SEND inspections, but to date there have been less than 10 completed. As yet it is hard to pick up on any key themes from the inspection reports that have been realised. However it is clear that all the inspections have focused on learner and family voice, transition arrangements and SEN support provision across the offer.

Local authorities and their providers need to get better at presenting their offers against each of the key areas of the Preparing for Adulthood Code. Wiltshire County Council’s website was highlighted as an example which is accessible to parents and young people.

The Department for Education wants all providers to shift their emphasis from educational attainment, in terms of qualifications and levels, to life outcomes that ensure the young person is able to lead a happy, prosperous and independent life. There was a strong focus on the importance of working with young people and their families to understand their long-term aspirations, and then to build an education programme that will enable them to achieve these.

The objectives should link to the key areas set out in the code:

  • Employment
  • Community
  • Health
  • Independent Living

There were best practice examples of successful education programmes highlighted throughout the day, with a strong focus on the positive outcomes achieved through study programmes, particularly supported internships.

At Open Awards we have been working hard to ensure that our qualification offer links to these areas in order to help providers work with young people toward their goals. The provision that links to each of the areas is listed in the table below.

 

 Employment

 Community

  • Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3 Awards, Certificates and Diplomas in Skills for Further Learning and Employment, more information available here.
  • Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3 Awards, Certificates and Diplomas in Independent Living
  • Accessing Community Facilities
  • Leisure Activities
  • Living in the Community
  • Rights and Responsibilities

          More information available here.

 Health and wellbeing

  • Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3 Awards, Certificates and Diplomas in Skills for Further Learning and Employment, more information available here.
  • Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3 Awards, Certificates and Diplomas in Independent Living
  • Personal Care
  • Looking After Yourself at Home
  • Personal Development

 More information available here.

 

Independent Living

  • Looking After Yourself at Home
  • Household Skills
  • Personal Care
  • Personal Development

More information available here.

For more information on the Preparing for Adulthood Agenda, visit their website or contact the Open Awards team on 0151 494 2072 or info@openawards.org.uk to discuss how we can work together to support young people to achieve their aspirations.

 

 

 

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