Transition from school and into adult life is a challenging period for young people and their parents, whether or not they have disabilities. For young people at Chailey Heritage School, who already face complex challenges on a daily basis, the journey is even more difficult; just as it is for their parents and carers, as they support them through this.
Keeping the child at the heart of everything we do is central to the Chailey Heritage ethos, and this is absolutely true of the approach we take to Transition/Future Placement Planning. It’s never too early to start helping a child/young person to think about the future and what it might look like for them, and at school we will be encouraging development of the essential skills needed for success in adult life from the earliest years; all of the learning activities offer opportunities for development of communication, independence, confidence and a healthy self - esteem. As children move through the school, grow and develop, the emphasis shifts to preparation for adulthood in a more practical sense, with explicit focus on – for example - everyday choice making, and the development of social skills in different situations.
It’s a fact that parents/carers remain in the driving seat throughout the Transition/FPP process, and inevitably this will involve frustration and worry at times, but at Chailey Heritage Foundation we aim to do everything we can to support with this. Progression into adult life is a natural outcome of all the years of hard work, challenges and fun that the young person has experienced, both at school and at home, so it’s fitting that every individual who is leaving the Foundation is given the best possible send off. We will do our very best to ensure that this happens.