More help and support if you have additional needs
You might be worried about a number of things before making an application or after sending your application, such as,
- who can provide assistance if I need more help?
- how do I get support from Norfolk County Council advisers from the EHCP Team or PFAL team?
- what do I need to do before making an application?
- who can help if I have transport or money worries?
- What can I do to help me feel less nervous about going to a new sixth form or college?
- What might my day be like at college or sixth form?
- If I need extra support or specialist equipment, who can I talk to about it before making my application?
- What happens when I get an offer to start a course in September from my college or sixth form choice?
- What can I do to help me prepare for the first day?
Don't worry, many young people feel the same. The questions above and more can be answered by looking from page 8 of this guide: Transition from secondary school to post 16 A guide for parents and carers
More information about applying for courses.
Some college courses are for three days rather than the five days that you might have been used to at school or sixth form. Talk to your EHCP adviser (if you have one) or your SENCo teacher/careers adviser (if you are still at school) about other things you might be able to do if three days are not enough. Also see the volunteering section for some possible ideas.
Help You Choose lists all courses at Complex Needs sixth forms in the SEND opportunities section but you can't apply through Help You Choose as you will need an EHCP. See the state funded special schools section for more details.
Even with a lot of support, a few young people with the most complex needs may find it difficult to progress straight on to a 16+ provder and extra support might be needed. Some specialist further education providers have residential and specialist facilities. Eligible students will have an EHCP that clearly evidences their needs and will usually have been identified during the planning for adulthood discussions that take place as part of the annual review of a pupil’s EHCP. You can find more information about Norfolk's admission policy for independent specialist further education providers