Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID)

Post-school transitions of young people with additional support needs

For inquiry about this event, please contact Dr Mariela Fordyce at <Mariela.Fordyce@ed.ac.uk>.

Developing a new research agenda

Date Wednesday 20th August 2014
Venue G21, Paterson's Land, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh
Time 9:30-16:00

Research carried out by the Centre for Research in Education, Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Edinburgh has highlighted the difficulties experienced by young people with additional support needs in accessing post-16 education, training and employment. A recently completed project on the post-school transitions of young people who are deaf and hard of hearing has identified several areas of concern, including transition planning for pupils with ASN at the end of compulsory education, transitions to adult health and social services, support and funding in colleges and on training programmes, and employer discrimination.

This event combines knowledge exchange activities with the development of a new research agenda in collaboration with policy makers, practitioners and third sector organisations which support young people with additional support needs. Topics covered on the day include:

  1. The legal framework regarding Additional Support Needs Tribunals and the role of the national Advocacy Service
  2. Principles of good transitions for young people with additional support needs
  3. Building policy lessons from research evidence

The event is aimed at educational practitioners, third sector organisations, policy makers, local authorities, disability support officers and college staff supporting students with additional support needs.

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Chair: Professor Sheila Riddell

All event documents and PowerPoint slides of our speakers will be available on this page after the event.

Time Description Speaker(s)
09.30 – 10.00 Registration and refreshments  
10.00 – 10.05 Welcome from the Head of Institute for Education, Community & Society Professor Gillean McCluskey
10.05 – 10.10 Scene setting from the Chair Professor Sheila Riddell
10.10 – 10.40 Post-School transitions: the legislative context Iain Nisbet, Govan Law Centre
10.40 – 10.55 Principles of good transitions Scott Read, ARC Scotland
10.55 – 11.05 Q & A  
11.05 – 11.15 Break  
11.15 – 11.45 Striving for inclusion: deaf young people’s transitions from school to work Mariela Fordyce, University of Edinburgh
11.45 – 11.55 My experience of transition Laura Murdanaigum
11. 55 – 12.05 Close the Gap: promoting positive post-school transitions Heather Gray, National Deaf Children’s Society
12.05 – 12.15 Q & A  
12.15 – 13.20 Lunch Lunch is served in Chapters restaurant, on the lower ground floor
13.20 – 13.50 Post-school transitions of young people with low levels of achievement in Ireland Professor Emer Smyth, Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin
13.50 – 14.00 Q & A  
14.00 – 15.00 Round table discussions (Split into breakout groups) Summary of discussions
15.00 – 15.10 Break  
15.10 – 15.20 Transition planning: a national perspective Laura Meikle, Scottish Government
15.20 – 15.30 Q & A  
15.30 – 16.00 Panel discussion: Reflections on the day and closing remarks