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School transition plan (Northern Ireland)

Information on transitioning from school to further education, training or work in Northern Ireland

Planning for your future will begin at the age of 14. The transition planning process only happens for students with statements.

Young people with a statement can access training up until the day before their twenty second birthday (21 years old).

Options at 16

  • Stay on at school
  • Further Education
  • College Training for Further Education
  • Training For Success or Modern Apprenticeship

Options at 18

  • Further or Higher Education
  • Training for Success or Modern Apprenticeship
  • Employment
  • Self- Employment

What happens in Year 10

Before your Year 10 transitions meeting you should:

  • Talk to your subject teachers and parents about your strengths and which subjects you are best at and enjoy most.
  • Meet with your Careers Adviser to discuss which subjects you are enjoying and achieving good grades in, which subjects you plan to take for GCSE or vocational options and your aspirations for life after school.
  • Talk to your Careers Adviser and your parents about what you may want to do after completing Year 12.
  • Attend information evenings organised by the Transition service at your education and library board.
  • Think about any areas of concern you may have in school so that you can talk about these at the meeting.

It's up to the school to invite relevant professionals to the transition plan meeting. These may be your careers advisers from the career service, teachers and your sensory support teacher; your parents will also be invited to attend the meeting. If you feel shy or nervous about raising things at the meeting, it is a good idea to talk through any issues with your parents or a member of staff beforehand.

After the Year 10 meeting a transition plan will be written which summarises everything you talked about. Your parents will be sent a copy and you can read through it to check that you are happy with it. If you think anything has been missed out, talk to a member of staff about it. Remember, it's your plan for your future so it's important that you feel it says what you think it should.

Review meetings will take place every year up until you leave school.

What happens in Year 12

At the Year 12 review meeting, there will be discussions about the support that you've had through school and the support that you are likely to need at sixth form, college or wherever you are moving on to. You should come to this meeting with a list of things that you want to find out. Here are some example questions:

  • Who is my key contact person should I have any questions around transition?
  • If I leave school in Year 12 and go to college, who will give the information around special requirements to the college?
  • What is the timeframe for the actions agreed at my review meeting to be done - who is going to do what by when?
  • What happens if I change my mind at a later stage after the review meeting?

After the Year 12 meeting, your plan will be reviewed and amended and will outline your plans for after Year 12 indicating:

  • the support you receive at school at present
  • the support that you will need at sixth form or college.
  • your level of capability in relation to mobility, orientation and independent living skills and IT skills.

Copies will be given to you and, with your consent, to your parents, school staff, careers adviser and staff at the sixth form or college you are planning to attend. A consent form for transfer of information needs to be signed by you for this to happen.

Again, make sure you read through the report after the meeting to check that you are happy with it.