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New tool will help SEND learners prepare for adulthood



A new outcomes tool has been created to support independent living for learners with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

EHC plans, created by local authorities, are designed for children and young people aged up to 25 in England who need more care than is available through standard special educational needs support.

The outcomes tool, designed by the Department for Education (DfE), will support the achievement of the four preparing for adulthood outcomes, outlined in the SEND Code of Practice. These are:

  • moving into paid employment and higher education
  • independent living
  • having friends and relationships and being part of your community
  • being as healthy as possible

The Preparing for Adulthood programme, funded by DfE as part of the delivery support for special educational needs and disability reforms, said:

  • outcomes need to be personalised and focused on the young person’s aspirations, supporting as independent a life as possible
  • the outcomes tool can be used to support the development of imaginative and achievable ways to support progress; it can also be used as a starting point to develop EHC plans across a wide range of need
  • tutors should focus on outcomes that are transferable to the real world

ASDAN’s preparing for adulthood programmes enable learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to meet the four outcomes. The programmes are:

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