What support is there to help my child/ward prepare for the future?

Preparation should start as early as possible – long before your child becomes an adult.

From year 8 onwards your son/ward can access impartial careers advice that will be tailored to their needs by our commissioned Careers Adviser through Career Connect.

As part of your son/wards Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, the Year 9 annual review  and every review after that, will include a focus on preparing for adulthood. This means there should be targets in the EHC plan that will help your child to achieve steps towards preparing for post 16 options. The EHCP will be updated as your child progresses.

When your son/ward leaves Clifford Holroyde at 16, they are likely to have some or all of the following options available to them depending on their ability, independence and support needs:

  • Further education at a college or training provider to follow a study Programme – List of colleges and training providers
  • Apprenticeship – An apprenticeship is a way to gain the skills, knowledge and experience you need to get into many careers. They combine work, training and study, letting you ‘earn while you learn’. Apprenticeships are available across a range of areas. Further information can be found here.
  • Traineeship – Usually a 6 month Programme made up of extended work experience working towards qualifications. A traineeship will normally lead to an apprenticeship or work.
  • Supported Internship – Supported Internships are a study Programme for learners with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). Learners will have a work placement and complete relevant qualifications alongside their placement. More information about Liverpool’s Supported Internship Programme.

You can find a breakdown of all post 16 options here —

Useful websites and contacts

NatWest Group School Leavers Brochure

NatWest Group are proud to be sponsoring National Careers Week and as part of our all year round celebration of careers, we’ve put together a new guide to help you understand the different ways that you can start your career with us, along with some top tips on how to apply. Our guide provides a spotlight on apprenticeship, internship and graduate roles – if you’re at school or university and still deciding on what’s right for you, this is a great way to learn about our opportunities.”

Parents’ Pack 

The latest apprenticeship information & advice for parents, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.

For more apprenticeship information and advice for parents, visit the resource page or view a copy here.  You could also visit the Parent Zone – Amazing Apprenticeships.

The January 2022 pack includes:

  • an introduction to National Apprenticeship Week 2022
  • 10 ways to introduce young people with apprenticeships
  • a deep dive into other career options such as a T Levels and traineeships (including the new finance T Level launching this September).
  • a closer look at different apprenticeship options in law enforcement or economics
  • insights from an apprentice at Devon County Council
  • an overview of support available for young people with visual impairments, who are searching and applying for apprenticeships.

SEND local offer

Liverpool’s local offer website provides information for children and young people up to the age of 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) their parents or carers – all in one place. Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and control over what support is right for you or your child. You can also contact the  Liverpool City Council’s SEN department on 0151 233 3000.

16 to 19 education: financial support for students

Children and young people with SEND and their families may be entitled to additional financial support. The government offers advice on financial help for children and young people on the Learner Support Helpline (0800 121 8989)

National Careers Service

You can contact a qualified Careers Advisor via text / phone or webchat to discuss careers, courses and finding a job—

Careers Writers Association

Parental Guidance brought to you by the Careers Writers Association – 

Preparing for Adulthood

For resources and support you can visit the Preparing for Adulthood website

Virtual Transition Support & Information for SEND Provision in Liverpool City Region

Virtual Transition Support & Information for SEND Provision


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