Parents and Carers

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Before your child attends any external work experience, a meeting will be set up with a Careers Leader and details will be discussed. You will be given a guide on how to support your child and what to expect.

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Connexions

Connexions is an impartial information, advice and guidance service which is part of the Skills team at Wolverhampton City Council. We support young people, along with their parents/carers, with making choices in life and making the transition to adulthood. We can work with young people with special education needs and disabilities until the age of 25 and can make referrals to other services after that age. We are client focussed and support our young people with choosing education and training options, developing independence and accessing support to barriers to achievement, exploring jobs and working life, volunteering and work experience, accessing community projects and leisure activities.

Every young person with an EHCP has their own personal advisor. You can find more about the Connexions service and contact us here:

Labour market Information

Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) is vital in ensuring students receive careers advice and guidance that reflects an understanding of what business and jobs are available in the local area. LMI should give an understanding of the demographics of the local area as well as key sectors, job trends, key strategic businesses and what opportunities exist within the locality.

Follow the link below to access up-to-date Local Market Information for the Wolverhampton area and beyond:

Wolverhampton Local Offer

The Wolverhampton Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) local offer provides information in a single place for children and young people with and their parents or carers.

Provision is available, within Wolverhampton Libraries & Community Hubs as well as City of Wolverhampton Council Civic Centre, to support access to the Local Offer.

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) in partnership with the Department for Education has produced a series of fact sheets, films and posters designed to help children and young people understand some of the key themes of the new SEND reforms, including a Parent's Guide to the Local Offer. Here you will find Information from the Dept for Education.

The Children and Families Act 2014 requires each Local Authority to produce and publish a Local Offer which sets out in one place information about provision available across education, health and social care for children and young people in the area who have special educational needs or are disabled. Further information about the requirements of the Local Offer can be found in Chapter 4 of the pdf icon SEND Code of Practice - January 2015.

You can find information on what services children, young people and their families can expect from a range of local agencies including:

  • Special educational provision

  • Health provision

  • Social care provision

  • Other educational provision

  • Training provision

  • Travel arrangements for children and young people to schools, colleges and early years education and Preparing for adulthood, including housing, employment and leisure opportunities.

The Local Offer Group was established to oversee the planning and delivery of the new Local Offer. The following principles were adopted by the Group and will continue to be at the heart of our Local Offer.

Links to local colleges- Specialist Provision Links

Wolverhampton Local Offer

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The Futures Programme is aimed at young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and/or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

https://www.wolvcoll.ac.uk/learning-support-needs/

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The supported learning courses can be stepping stones to either higher levels of study or greater independence. We also offer individualised personal support plans that are tailor-made to suit students’ specific needs.

These courses are ideal for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities or for those who may need additional support for a variety of reasons and don’t have a Level 2 qualification (GCSE A* to C).

For some students, it may be that they just need some extra support to be successful on one of our vocational courses that they’ve chosen to study. We’re here to provide you with the learning support you need.

https://www.walsallcollege.ac.uk/all-subjects/supported-learning-courses/

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Sandwell College have a range of programmes designed to cater for a wide range of students, with a high level of support that ensures each individual is given a learning experience appropriate to their needs. Our students have an excellent record of progressing, and almost all go on to mainstream College courses or an advanced level of study.

https://www.sandwell.ac.uk/school-leaver-courses/foundation-learning/

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Aspire Works is all geared up for students to get those all-important employability skills. There’s a commercial print room, engineering workshop and retail showroom all managed by their learners and their supportive tutors.

https://www.dudleycol.ac.uk/Our-Locations/Dudley-Aspire

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Rodbaston College

Have a supportive learner-centred environment fully staffed by a dedicated team of teachers, instructors and learning support assistants at every campus.

Our supported learning programmes offer learners the perfect opportunity to develop and grow in confidence and independence, helping you find your place in the world, enhance life skills and develop employability skills.

Get involved in external work experience opportunities – volunteer with the National Trust to restore woodland and create habitats for the RSPB! We have a dedicated learner support team who are on hand to develop individual learning support plans, based on the needs of each learner.

https://www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/sldd/

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The Willow Tree provides a safe and stimulating working environment for learners and all staff ensure students experience a rich and exciting curriculum tailored to their specific needs.

Staff ensure a multi-sensory approach to learning, providing a Total Communication Environment which facilitates communication for all and following strategies as outlined in individual student behaviour support or ASD plans.  Students are encouraged to be as independent as possible in their learning by establishing routines and schedules.  They are empowered in their learning through the negotiation of individual success criteria, adapted to their level of understanding.

https://www.telfordcollege.ac.uk/the-willow-tree/

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Natspec is the membership association for organisations which offer specialist further education and training for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

16-19 Bursary Fund

https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund/how-to-claim

 

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education.

 

There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries:

 

bursaries for defined vulnerable groups

 

discretionary bursaries which institutions award using policies they set, in line with national funding rules.

 

Both types of bursary funding are designed to help students overcome the individual financial barriers to participation that they face, and institutions must ensure the funds go to those who genuinely need them.

Students who meet the criteria, and who have a financial need, can apply for a bursary for vulnerable groups. The defined groups reflect that these students are unlikely to be receiving financial assistance from parents or carers, so may need a greater level of support to enable them to continue to participate.

The defined vulnerable groups are students who are:

  • in care

  • care leavers

  • receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner

 

  • receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right

 

Institutions do not receive an allocation of funds for bursaries for vulnerable groups. They draw down the funds by submitting a funding claim form through the Student Bursary Support Service (SBSS) portal.

 

Institutions must verify that young people meet the criteria for the bursary for vulnerable groups and assess how much bursary they need before submitting a funding claim.

 

Institutions may decide that although a young person may be eligible for a bursary because they are in one or more of the defined vulnerable groups, they do not have any actual financial need. This might be because their financial needs are already met and/or because they have no relevant costs. Institutions can refuse a student’s application on this basis. Similarly, students should only receive the amount they actually need to participate and institutions should not automatically award students £1,200 if they do not need the full amount.

 

Funding claims for bursaries for vulnerable groups in the 2020 to 2021 academic year are available online from 1 September 2020 via the SBSS portal.

 

Discretionary bursary

Institutions make discretionary bursary awards to students to help them overcome the individual barriers to participation they face. This means to help with the cost of travel, to buy essential books, equipment or specialist clothing (such as protective overalls, for example).

 

Institutions decide which students get a discretionary bursary and how much they will get. However, they should target students who cannot stay in education without financial help for things such as:

  • transport

  • meals

  • books

  • equipment

Institutions must base all decisions about which students receive a discretionary bursary and how much bursary they receive on each student’s individual circumstances, and their actual financial need. These will vary from student to student, depending on, for example, their household income, the distance they need to travel to the institution and the requirements of their study programme.

Destinations Data

Destinations data is any information that is collected on students’ destinations (where a student goes and what he/she does after leaving school), which can be a proposed or actual destination.

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