How transition planning works
Thinking about what you would like to do when you become an adult, and making sure everyone knows about your future goals, should begin at school no later than Year 9.
From Year 7 you should gradually be encouraged and helped to think about:
- The world of work and jobs you might like to do in the future
- Further education options
- Independent living
- Things you want to do in your community (your interests and hobbies)
- Your future health needs
Your school should encourage organisations that can help you in the future to come into school to meet you such as:
- Training providers
- Social services
- Housing agencies
- Disability organisations
- Community and sports groups
They can all help you understand what is available to you as you get older and what you can achieve.
As you begin to become aware of all your options in adult life you will find that there are lots of questions to think about and decisions to make, this is called transition planning.
You may also find this Ten Step Pathway to Transition Planning guide useful.
The Preparation for Adulthood Review
A good place to start asking these questions is at your Preparing for Adulthood Review which takes place in Year 9. This is where planning for your future starts and the transition plan is agreed.