Shropshire Council

Preparing for adulthood

The preparations for transition from compulsory school education towards adult life start in school from Year 9 as part of the annual review process, which will help young people and their families start to explore and prepare for what's needed for the young person’s transition towards adulthood.

There are various pathways a young person can take including:

  • Moving directly into employment
  • Continuing into further education to gain the skills and qualifications you need for greater independence, and to achieve your aspirations for paid employment, higher education and independent living
  • Transitioning directly into children’s/adult health or children’s/adult social care provision following completion of your school education, where future needs may be best supported by universal services

Planning for transition into adulthood should start from the Year 9 annual review of the EHC plan. Each review thereafter must focus on preparing for adulthood.

The transition towards adulthood review from Year 9 will start to gather information regarding the young persons and their families’ aspirations for their future, including who needs to be involved, target planning and the support needed. The review will explore provision accessible to students in order for them to be healthy, participating in society, living independently, and accessing further education and/or employment where appropriate.