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As part of The Preparing for Adulthood Strategy and Developing Special Provision Locally (DSPL) the four SEBD (Social Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties) special schools and one LD (Learning Difficulties) special school in Hertfordshire have focused on working in partnership with each other, Youth Connexions, the local FE colleges, independent work-based learning and alternative providers, and employers to:

  • develop a range of learning pathways and opportunities that support ‘creative’, relevant and successful 14+ transition and progression routes for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • put in place programmes of learning and training that enable students to develop resilience, independence and employability skills as they move into post-16 programmes
  • secure a high quality and sustainable in-county SEN offer post -16.

Details of each of these Action Research Projects can be seen in the table below and Case Studies illustrating their work are now available.



Focus of Action Research Project


Batchwood School and Oaklands College

To establish more formalised processes from Key Stage 3 upwards that will support student transition to college post-16.

Brandles School and
Develop EBP

To develop a post-16 offer on site at Brandles which will secure a vocational pathway from pre-16 to post-16 for students in the surrounding area with more complex needs for whom a full-time course at college is not yet appropriate

Falconer School and Beds and Herts Provider Network


To extend the current Key Stage 4 curriculum offer to include apprenticeships as a progression pathway for Year 11 students


Garston Manor School and
West Herts College

To develop a one year, five-day post-16 programme for the most vulnerable Garston Manor students that will bridge them into a college environment. The students will be on role at West Herts College but two days of their programme will be delivered at Garston Manor.

Hailey Hall School and

Beds and Herts Provider Network


To develop catering and sports related apprenticeships as progression options for Year 11 students.


If you want more information on these projects please contact Patricia Walker, Services for Young People on

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