Preparation for Adulthood

The journey to adulthood starts the day that we are born. 

The SEND Code of Practice (CoP) states that everyone working with children and young people with SEN or disabilities across education (including early years, schools, colleges and 16 to 19 academies), health and social care, should support children and young people with SEN and disabilities to prepare for adult life and help them go on to achieve the best outcomes in employment, independent living, health and community participation.

Preparation for Adulthood must be a focus in reviews of any support plans and EHC Plans from year 9.

At The Observatory School Preparation for Adulthood is embedded across the curriculum from when a child joins to when they finish, ensuring they are ready for their next stage in life. 

The areas are:

  • education and/or employment – including exploring different employment options
  • independent living – this means young people having choice, control and freedom over their lives and the support they have, their accommodation and living arrangements, including supported living
  • community and relationships – including having friends and supportive relationships, and participating in, and contributing to, the local community
  • good health – being as healthy as possible in adult life.

You can view some of the things we do using the PDF to the right.