At Connexions Sandwell, we strongly believe that good careers advice and guidance can make a huge difference to the lives of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
We are committed to providing SEND young people with high quality independent impartial careers advice and guidance to enable them to fulfil their potential.
The range and depth of the support we give depends on need. It can include:
We work with young people aged from 13-19 years – up to 25 years for people with an an ‘Education, Health and Care Plan’ (or EHCP).
The Send Code of Practice
The SEND Code of Practice is a Local Offer which:
The Local Offer – What is it?
The ‘Local Offer’ sets out the support available for children and young people in Sandwell with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
For more information on the Local Offer watch this short video:
For more information on Sandwell Council ‘Local Offer’, Click here
Special Educational Needs in Schools
Every school in Sandwell has a ‘Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator’ (SENCO) who is responsible for co-ordinating support for pupils with SEN in their school.
If you are worried about your child’s progress ask for a discussion with the SENCO and/or the class teacher so that you can explain your concerns and hear how the school will be able to help.
For more information – click here
After year 11
‘Preparing for adulthood’ is the transition planning that takes place for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to ensure they have equal life chances as they prepare to leave compulsory education.
After leaving school you will need to make important choices about where you want to go to continue your education and training. These are some of the options open to you:
(Your Personal Legacy Statement is your declaration of how you’d like to live your life and impact others from an ethical standpoint. It is different from goals, which are about achievements).
College & Training
For more information about College, Apprenticeships and Training, Click here
Supported internships are open to 16 to 24 year olds with learning difficulties or disabilities. They are unpaid, last for at least 6 months & are a mix of a work placement & training.
The programme is available at several local schools and colleges.
Qualifications aren’t important, but you do need an EHCP to be eligible.
Information for Parents
If you have a child with special needs and/or disabilities (SEND) please follow the link below for more information:
An easy read version of this guide for parents and carers is here
An easy read version for children and young people is here
SEND & Sandwell Council
Sandwell Council offers support in a number of areas. These include:
Visit the SEND page for details.