Transition – Post 19
Connexions Hertfordshire forms part of Hertfordshire County Council’s Services for Young People, and is a service that aims to provide information and advice, guidance and support, and personal development opportunities for all 13-19 year olds (up to 25 years for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities).
Some of the key staff delivering services are Personal Advisers and Youth Workers who are professionally trained to provide the highest level of support. They work closely with Amwell View School & Specialist Sports College to provide counselling, mentoring or access to other services. Youth Connexions also provides information, advice and guidance through our One Stop Shops to young people leaving care up to 21 years old.
Connexions are involved with pupils and their families prior to the end of the statutory school age. Personal Advisers may attend annual reviews and where possible the Connexions Personal Adviser will visit the school before the annual review to discuss future career prospects for a particular child. While a pupil displays particular skills or aptitudes, which may lead to employment, every avenue is explored to ensure that the pupil receives appropriate support. This may take the form of attending a variety of enterprises through a Work Experience scheme. Each pupil will have a Transition Plan, which sets out the ideas and actions for post school provision.
The post school placement of a pupil is selected after careful discussions with the parents, Social Worker, Connexions Personal Adviser, and Health Authority representative. Some pupils follow full time courses, usually for two years at local colleges of further education, whilst a placement at a residential college of further education may be more appropriate for other pupils.
Attendance on a link course one session a week at either Hertfordshire Regional College (Ware site), Harlow College or Oaklands College, is usually arranged for the pupil’s last year at school. This gives them the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills. At this stage Connexions become more involved in helping students and their parents plan for the future. Students follow a Transition Programme in their last term at school, which includes whole day visits to their college or day centre.
Amwell View School and Specialist Sports College
Mrs J. S. Liversage B. ED., Dip., B. Phil. (MSI)