By year 11, the career plan should be based on work experience and some part-time work, and will set out clearly what the young person is going to do in the following year and beyond, based on their career aspirations. Parents and young person discuss post 16 options with their school. For those with an EHCP the Annual review looks at progress and the implementation of the preparing for adulthood plan.


If the young person is likely to have a change of environment post 16, for example a move from school to college, there is a need to plan what is necessary for a smooth transition. Young people in care will have a Looked After Child plan and from the age of 16 will have a Pathway Plan that contributes to Transition planning. The Preparing for Adulthood Transition Planning and Support protocol details what should happen for young people in Year 11, when it should happen and who is responsible.

Research shows that the most successful outcomes happen when best practice in supported employment is used:

  • in-depth person-centered planning
  • job searching
  • job coaching
  • on-going support