NICCY Advice on Enhancing Transitions Services for School Leavers with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

NICCY welcomes the opportunity to provide advice on enhancing transition experiences for school leavers who have a Statement of SEN and/or a disability.

Transitioning from school to post-school life typically involves a diminishing of support mechanisms for young people with special educational needs and/or a disability, causing significant stress and anxiety to both young people and their families. Furthermore, evidence demonstrates strong links between SEND and poverty, and that individuals with SEND are more likely to experience a range of adversities including lower educational attainment; poor mental health and emotional wellbeing; and, in the long term, poorer labour market outcomes.

Ensuring the implementation of robust policies and tailored support mechanisms for young people’s transitions is critical to improving their long-term outcomes across a range of areas.