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Preparing for adulthood - age 16+

All young people face changes as they move from being teenagers to becoming adults and need to make important decisions about their future. This change can be even more complicated if you have special educational needs, a learning difficulty or disability. It is important that the right information, advice and support is provided at this time to achieve a smooth transition into adulthood.

SEND multi-agency Transition Protocol

Along with our partners we have developed a multi-agency Transition Protocol. The protocol highlights how services and organisations work together so that young people with an EHC Plan are supported and prepared to move onto their next step into further education, training, employment or social care.

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Young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan

From Year 9 onwards, young people in Gateshead with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) are supported at annual review meetings to identify their aspirations for adulthood. Their EHCP will become more focused on what support they need to help them prepare for adulthood and to become as independent as possible.

Learning pathways from Year 12 onwards

When a young person reaches Year 11, various learning pathways are available to them. Please note that there is eligibility criteria and access requirements attached to each pathway. To find out more information about the learning pathways click on the links below. A careers advisor can provide information, advice and guidance about appropriate learning pathways from Year 11 onwards.

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For more information phone 0191 433 2785 or email


Contact us

Special Educational Needs and Disability Team
Gateshead Council

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For further help and information visit the Learning Disability Matters website

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