Nasen advise that schools should help pupils to start planning for their future adult life as early as possible, and by Year 9 at the latest. This should go beyond thinking simply about the transition to post-16 education and training. Schools should focus on raising aspirations and supporting pupils to achieve the best possible outcomes in education, employment, independent living and participation in society.
Preparing for adulthood can begin in primary school, and should aim to provide children and young people with a range of skills and experiences to promote the best possible outcomes in adulthood in relation to:
- Independent living
- Friends, relationships and community
- Good health
To facilitate the transfer from Education to adult Social Services, the social services sector of the local authority has developed a Preparing for Adulthood protocol which applies to all students until they are 19 if they have an additional learning need, and age 25 if they have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)