Post 16 options

Post 16, there are a number of local options for learners with Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs).   We aim to offer young people, parents and carers choice and control over provision. These include education, apprenticeships, traineeships, supported employment through WEST (Wiltshire Employment Support Team) and support to access the community through the Community Connecting Team. For information about post-16 leisure activities, please visit www.wiltshireparentcarercouncil.co.uk.

Education

Local education options include special school VIth forms (Exeter House, Larkrise and St. Nicholas School), local further education college, Fairfield Farm College, mainstream school 6th form or technical college and The Harris Centre (Springfields post 16 provision). The range of qualifications are on offer, from entry level qualifications through to foundation degree programmes. Learners can access foundation, vocational and personalised programmes.

Local Further Education College

Wiltshire College has four sites across Wiltshire: Chippenham, Lackham, Trowbridge and Salisbury.

Wiltshire College provides learner centred, individualised study programmes.  Learning is designed around your needs and to enable you to achieve your academic and personal outcomes.

The College have learners with special educational needs on programmes at all academic levels, from Foundation (Entry Level) to Level 3 (A level equivalent).

For further information please visit the Wiltshire College website or download the Wiltshire College ASC leaflet and the Wiltshire College SEND leaflet.

Fairfield Farm College

The college is situated in the village of Dilton Marsh in Wiltshire. The 26-acre farm site includes well-resourced indoor and outdoor teaching areas, stables and arena, work-shops, barn, café and farm shop, catering kitchens and a student common room.

Fairfield Farm College provides a range of programmes for young people with learning disabilities.  Here are some of their stories (clink on their names):

Charlie,   Imogen,   Jack,   John,   Lizzie,   Megan,   Robbie,   Ryan, and Sam.

Learning takes place on the college site and student houses with real work-based learning opportunities, preparing students for living and working in the adult community.

For further information please visit the Fairfield Farm College website or download the Fairfield Farm College leaflet.

Special School Post 16

  • Exeter House:

    Day special school for pupils, aged 3-19 years, with severe learning difficulties, including profound and multiple learning difficulties and ASC.

    Exeter House School, Somerset Road, Salisbury, SP1 3BL  Tel: 01722 334168

  • Larkrise

    Day special school for pupils, aged 3-19 years, with severe learning difficulties, including profound and multiple learning difficulties and ASC.

Larkrise School, Ashton Street, Trowbridge, BA14 7EB  Tel:   01225 761434     

  • St Nicholas

    Day special school for pupils, aged 3-19 years, with severe learning difficulties, including profound and multiple learning difficulties and ASC.

St Nicholas School, Malmesbury Road,Chippenham,SN15 1QF    Tel:  01249 650435

Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday page
  • study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.

Find out or information on apprenticeships.

Traineeship

For further information, visit this website: https://www.gov.uk/find-traineeship

For local traineeship opportunities, contact Wiltshire College on: 01225 350035 or email info@wiltshire.ac.uk.

 

Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST)

The Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) assists young people into finding and sustaining varying levels of paid employment with local employers.

To do this we look at the different types of paid employment that will suit the young person; this is based upon their skills, interests and experience. We then aim to match individual skills to available jobs including apprenticeships.

WEST forms part of a wider team called Employment and Community Skills.

WEST provides a person centred service, working with the young person to enable them to reach stability when in paid employment with the planned aspiration for them to do this independently.

What we do

When WEST receives your referral you will be allocated to a Job Coach who will meet with you to register you to our service. Your Job Coach will ask you about your experience and expertise to help highlight further skills you may need for work, we call this profiling. Your Job Coach will then support you to begin applying for jobs and prepare for interviews.

We can advise you on how to get a benefit calculation completed, which will clearly explain the financial benefits of moving into paid work.

You will actively look for paid employment and need to be committed to your job searching. Should a job be found and you are successful at an interview you will be supported by your Job Coach to start work. This will be until you and your new employer feel confident and have the necessary skills to carry out your role independently. WEST will continue to review how you are getting on in your paid work and support you in sustaining your employment until you are ready to do so independently.

What is Preparing for Employment?

A 12 week programme of one session per week.  Incorporating four sessions with a focus on the Community, followed by 8 sessions focusing on preparation for paid employment.  The sessions include:

  • Hobbies and interests
  • Friendships
  • Travel
  • Information about volunteering, work and supported employment
  • Health and Safety
  • Attitudes and expectations
  • Personal hygiene
  • Transferable skills
  • Applications and interviews
  • Appropriate behaviour

If you are at college and would like more information please contact us on the number below.

Who is eligible?

SEND Service referrals
  • Young people 14 to 25 years of age with a My EHC Plan or Statement of Special Education Need (SEN) or previously held a statement.
  • Young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) not meeting the above criteria and between 16 and 25 years of age (funded from Aiming High budget).
  • Resident in the county of Wiltshire (local authority boundary area).
Adult Care and CTPLD referrals

In all cases approval is required before making the referral:

  • 18 years of age and above
  • Has an assessed eligible need for this service (Care Act 2014)
  • Identified under the following Reported Health Conditions
    • PI: Long term health condition – physical (acquired physical injury)
    • N: Long term health condition – neurological (Stroke, Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease, Acquired Brain Injury)
    • SI:  Sensory Impairment (visually impaired, hearing impaired)
    • LD: Learning, development or intellectual disability
    • ASC: Learning, development or intellectual disability (Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome/High Functioning Autism)

Please note that customers are not eligible if they are working with another Wiltshire Council supported employment service or supported by a universal service such as a Work Programme provider.

Who can refer?

  • Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) Worker
  • Wiltshire College Tutor
  • Wiltshire Supported Internship Job Coach
  • Social Worker
  • Wiltshire Specialist School Teacher
  • Adult Autism Diagnostic Service
  • Wiltshire Council; Social care advice and Information 0300 456 0111
  • Integrated Youth Service
  • Adult Care
  • Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD)

Contact details

For more information about these services call the team on: 01225 718004 or email west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk.

This information is also available in the Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) fact sheet 2015.

Community Connecting

We are delivering community focussed sessions to students with disabilities within Wiltshire Schools and Colleges. This is a four week programme that focuses on preparation for your community. The sessions include some of the following:

  • Your Community
  • Hobbies and Interests
  • Personal Safety
  • Travel
  • Friendships
  • Volunteering

If you are at college and would like more information please contact us on the number below.

Who we are

We assist customers to find out more about their local community and how they can access some of the following.

  • Finding voluntary work
  • Socialising
  • Joining a club
  • Further Education; including College courses and other training opportunities
  • Using their community facilities to do things that they enjoy
  • Meeting friends
  • Traineeships
  • Travel training

We provide a time limited service; with the aim of working with the customer so they are able to find, take part in their chosen community activity and to do this independently.

What we do

When Community Connecting receives your referral you will be allocated to a Community Co-ordinator, who will meet with you to register you to our service. Your Community Co-ordinator will ask you what type of volunteering or leisure interest you wish to pursue.

We will support you to explore opportunities in your community; working with you to identify your existing skills and help you to develop any new skills needed. When found we then plan with you how you are going to get to your chosen activity/voluntary position and will support you in this for the appropriate length of time. We will review our work with you regularly to ensure you are able to sustain your chosen activity/voluntary position.

Supporting new friendships

Friendships can be supported for all sorts of reasons, some examples may include: Gym sessions, fitness classes, swimming, café visits, meeting in each other’s home, cinema visits, pubs, evening classes, and dog walking.

They would be supported in the same way as voluntary positions and activities.

Once you have settled into your new friendship your Community Co-ordinator will have a chat with you to review it and then fade away to leave you to it.

Work in schools and colleges across Wiltshire

A 12 week programme of one session per week.  Incorporating four sessions with a focus on the Community, followed by 8 sessions focusing on preparation for paid employment.  The sessions include:

  • Hobbies and interests
  • Friendships
  • Travel
  • Information about volunteering, work and supported employment
  • Health and Safety
  • Attitudes and expectations
  • Personal hygiene
  • Transferable skills
  • Applications and interviews
  • Appropriate behaviour

If you are at college and would like more information please contact us on the number below.

Who is eligible?

SEND Service referrals
  • Young people 14 to 25 years of age with a My Plan or Statement of Special Education Need (SEN) or previously held a statement.
  • Young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) not meeting the above criteria and between 16 and 25 years of age (funded from Aiming High budget).
  • Resident in the county of Wiltshire (local authority boundary area).
Adult Care and CTPLD referrals

In all cases approval is required before making the referral:

  • 18 years of age and above
  • Has an assessed eligible need for this service (Care Act 2014)
  • Identified under the following Reported Health Conditions
    • PI: Long term health condition – physical (acquired physical injury)
    • N: Long term health condition – neurological (Stroke, Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease, Acquired Brain Injury)
    • SI:  Sensory Impairment (visually impaired, hearing impaired)
    • LD: Learning, development or intellectual disability
    • ASC: Learning, development or intellectual disability (Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome/High Functioning Autism)

Please note that customers are not eligible if they are working with another Wiltshire Council supported employment service or supported by a universal service such as a Work Programme provider.

Who can refer?

  • Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) Worker
  • Wiltshire College Tutor
  • Wiltshire Supported Internship Job Coach
  • Social Worker
  • Wiltshire Specialist School Teacher
  • Adult Autism Diagnostic Service
  • Wiltshire Council; Social care advice and Information 0300 456 0111
  • Integrated Youth Service
  • Adult Care
  • Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD)

Contact details

For more information about these services call the team on: 01225 718004 or email west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk.

This information is also available in the Community Connecting fact sheet 2015

 

Post 16 placement

For further information on Wiltshire Council’s post 16 placement process and policy please see the following documents:

Post 16 Placement Policy

Post 16 Process (updated August 2015)

Mediation and Appeal

Families now have the right to the same education mediation and appeal right up to the age of 25. This might be because you have been turned down in an application for support you feel you are entitled to, or because you are unhappy with the support you are being provided.

Read more about Mediation and Appeals

College Offer/SEN information report

Our education settings support pages capture a standard for good education support. However, colleges will approach their responsibilities differently, depending on the needs of their students and their specific expertise.

For information on how individual schools can support your young person, or if you are looking for a list of special schools.

Read more about the  SEN information report

Post-16 Leisure Activities

For information about post-16 leisure activities, please visit www.wiltshireparentcarercouncil.co.uk.

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