Through well-planned transitions, we support the young person in moving on to the next stage of their life, helping to maximise the chance of a successful placement and giving them the best possible chance to reach their full potential.
A multi-agency approach
Multi-agency work is central to what we do here at Tor View School, particularly when we are planning transitions for our young people. We consider ourselves the lynchpin in the process, ensuring that all relevant parties are involved and fully-engaged in the process. The result is that we are able to build, implement and monitor tailored, bespoke transition pathways in consultation with:
- The young person
- School education staff
The school has cultivated very close working relationships with a number of key professional teams, including regular visits from paediatricians and CAMHS, which proves invaluable during transition planning.
Smooth transitions into Tor View School
Upon admission to Tor View School, students have a 12 week assessment period where we work to develop the planning and support around them. This will include work from the educational team and if appropriate, a speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, PBS specialist and families. At 12 weeks, we hold a review and planning meeting to look at developing any support need, confirm attainment levels and use person-centred planning to set targets for the year ahead.
Post-16 options at Tor View School
At post-16, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum that focuses on teaching skills required for everyday life. We support, encourage and motivate students to achieve their full potential and to become as independent as possible. The curriculum is differentiated to meet students individual needs and personalise their timetable to achieve this. Each student will work on a personalised pathway that focuses on their skills, interests, and both develops and supports them into their transition into adulthood, further education, supported living, voluntary and paid employment. Students receive a teaching programme that incorporates small steps cumulative learning, with opportunities to consolidate new skills, generalise and transfer them to other settings and environments. New skills are presented in a practical, visual, functional way and lessons are meaningful, having a clear purpose which uses interests to motivate and extend learning.
Moving on from Tor View School
We will support our students to move on successfully from Tor View School and track their destinations. This includes:
- Further education
- Employment (supported)
- Supported living
We will keep in touch with our past students and enjoy hearing of their successes. Many of them lead independent, fulfilling lives and ring us to tell us about them.
Supporting onward pathways
When developing transition plans for our young people, we will always consider any practical steps that can be taken to provide ‘on the ground’ support to the student. This may involve:
- Accompanied familiarisation visits to school/college
- Accompanied taster days in employment
- Working with the therapy team to facilitate gradual integration
- 1:1 support to help students build relationships in their new setting