Better Futures

Time: 12:00 - 12:45

Date: Week 6: 6-10 July


Better Futures: Supporting Care-Experienced and Adopted Young People into Further Education – Rebecca Brooks, Adoption UK

Adoption UK’s Better Futures report highlighted the challenges faced by care-experienced and adopted young people accessing further education. One third of survey respondents were NEET between the ages of 16-24, and nearly 30% of those who enrolled in FE straight after school were unable to complete their course. The transition to FE comes at a time when many care-experienced young people are coming to terms with their complex life histories, but services designed to support them are falling away. In Better Futures, adopted young people and adults shared the extent of their challenges, and outlined the support that they think would have made all the difference.

Progression, Pathways, Transition and Continuity: Claire Dickson, Atkins

SEND schools accommodate wide ranging ages and abilities. Children and young people may spend their entire educational life within one school. How can we ensure we create spaces that are equally appropriate for 3  to 19+ year olds. Spaces that adapt to their changing and developing learning support needs?

We need to allow young people to have a sense of progression through school; create spaces to support learning pathways that build confidence, independence and life skills; to allow successful transition into adult life; whilst ensuring continuity of support is in place.

Atkins have developed bespoke in-house tools based on our Human-Centred Design (HCD) approach and principles to support our clients and design teams, in capturing information and requirements from a wide range of stakeholders. Our HCD briefing and engagement tool follows a holistic, yet digital, process to improve our understanding of the complexities and variation in user needs and preferences. In this presentation we will discuss how this approach has been adapted to SEN schools.




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