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Planning and preparation

You might find this page useful

when you're starting to think about what to do after school. This might be from Year 9 onwards but can be earlier or later. This can be an exciting time. But you might also be confused and worried if you're not sure what to do next. There are lots of people that can help, and remember, it's important that you're involved in any planning that takes place.


You might want to talk to

  • Your parents, other family members and friends.
  • Teachers - if you're at school or college, such as the special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) or the careers teacher/careers adviser.
  • If you have a particular hobby or interest, the leader of an activity you are involved with might have good advice.
  • One of the specialist services from Norfolk County Council or an independent provider. See below for more details.

If you have an education, health and care plan (EHCP)

you might already have been talking about what you might do when you leave school and the help you will need. If you haven't yet got an EHCP but think you should have one, you can find out more and apply in the EHCP information and advice pages. You can get help and support from Norfolk County Council by calling 01603 679183. There's also an independent service from the Norfolk SEND Partnership Information, Advice and Support Service (often referred to as SENDIASS) Call 01603 704070 or email The links below have a list of other help you can get.


Click on the links below to find out what will happen from Year 9 onwards and who can help you.

Have a go at some of the fun activities where you learn more about yourself and what you might be good at. This leaflet for parents/carers might also help you get started: Transition from secondary school to post 16 A guide for parents and carers


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Planning ahead and ten steps to preparing for adult life

600 x 300 SEND photos - Next stepsThe "People Who Can Help You" section is useful for finding out who can help you with your next steps. The "Ten Steps to Prepare for Adult Life" helps you think about your plans from age 5 to 25.

Preparing for Adult Life

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This is written for parents but you might find some sections useful too. There's information about planning ahead, getting a job, leisure and community, money, travel and more.

Person-centred planning

600 x 300 SEND photos - Person centred planningYou can complete this section by yourself or with a parent, teacher or friend.  Activities help you to plan and prepare for what comes next after leaving school.

SEND local offer pages for children and young people

600 x 300 SEND photos - get to know meLots of information for young people about health, education, work, money, free time and lots more.

Careers Information

600 x 300 SEND photos - Careers Information (1)Read information and watch videos about different jobs and careers. Have a go at a quiz in the "Fun Activities" section. My favourite's the Buzz Quiz, what's yours?

If you have an education health and care plan (EHCP)

600 x 300 SEND photos - EHCPInformation for young people with an EHCP. You might find the "Annual Review of an EHC Plan" useful.