Special Educational Needs (SEND)

Connexions Sandwell

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:

  • One-to-one careers guidance
  • Group work
  • Exploration of career ideas and options
  • Advice about Labour Market Information (LMI)
  • Help with learning and career plans
  • Support in moving forward

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:

  • Provides clear, comprehensive, accessible, up-to-date information about the provision available in Sandwell and how to access it
  • Makes the provision offered more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving SEND young people, their parents/carers and service providers in its development

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:

  • Study programmes
  • Supported courses at college
  • Basic Skills
  • Work-related courses
  • GCSE’s
  • AS/A levels
  • Traineeships
  • Apprenticeships:


  • If you are looking for an apprenticeship, Disability Rights UK is campaigning for more flexibility in the entry criteria. They believe that a lack of level 2 qualification could stop disabled people who could otherwise do the job. With the employer’s agreement, Entry Level, Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills can be included in an apprenticeship training package.
  • British Sign language can be an alternative to English Functional Skills for Deaf people whose first language is BSL
  • From September 2017, apprentices with an EHC plan or ‘legacy statement’ can apply for an adjustment to the minimum standards of English and Maths required

(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

Going onto further education and training

Getting a degree (going to university)

Supported Internships

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:

Information, Advice and Support (including Benefits)

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:

  • The Local Offer
  • EHCP’s
  • Early Years Support
  • Support at School
  • Support at Colleges
  • Support with Apprenticeships and Training

Visit the SEND page for details.


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