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Further information on Finished at School training courses

Finished at School

Supporting young people with autism to move from school to college

This is a one day training course based on learning from the Finished at School Programme. By the end of day, you will go away with clear actions and ideas which will enable you and key partners to work together to improve transition from school to college for young people with autism.

The training is aimed at further education college staff (including curriculum managers and learning support teams), sixth form college staff, secondary school special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) and local authority transition leads. 

In order to get the most out of this course, we recommend that school, college and local authority staff attend the training together as the core team for a local transition partnership.

Background to the training

The aim of the Finished at School Programme, which ran between 2013 and 2015, was to deliver an integrated model of transition support to enable more young people with autism, including those with complex needs, to access further education and training beyond school.

Four college–led partnerships (hubs) were established, each consisting of a general further education college, local mainstream and special secondary schools and a local authority transition lead. Each hub worked with a group of young people with autism to support their move from school to college. The project focused on the following key areas:

  • Building successful partnerships with learners, parents and other providers.
  • Developing staff awareness, knowledge, skills, confidence and roles.
  • Using preson-centred ways of working.
  • Developing curriculum pathways and services to support progression and transition.

This one day course is based on the learning from the Finished at School Programme. Although the project had a specific focus on young people with autism, the learning has relevance to other young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Course objectives

  • To develop an understanding of the implications of the current SEND policy context for your role in improving transition and outcomes for young people with autism and/or special educational needs making the move from school to college.
  • To explore and identify local and regional partnerships and the Local Offer with a view to extending and developing networks that can support transition from school to college for young people with autism and/or special educational needs.
  • To identify ways to work effectively with parents and young people to support successful transition.
  • To discuss the role of person–centred tools when working and planning with young people and their parents, developing Education Health and Care (EHC) plans and personalised outcomes.
  • To understand the steps you need to take to review and evaluate your curriculum offer in order to support transition and provide an effective pathway from school to college and into successful adult lives using the Finished at School self–audit tool.
  • To consider the implications of the day for action planning and staff development activities to support effective support for school to college transition.

A copy of the Finished at School Guide, which captures the learning from the Finished at School Programme and maps the key themes to the SEND Code of Practice, will be available for all people who attend this course.

Following the course each participant will have access to a new online module on person–centred thinking and person–centred tools.

For further details of a course running in your region please visit our booking pages.

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