Transition Support


Moving from school to another setting is referred to as ‘transition’. There is a variety of options to choose from - what will suit one pupil will not necessarily be ideal for another. It is a very personal choice but one that hopefully as a school we can support you to make.

Learners can stay at the Learn to Live Federation until the end of Year 14 (if it is appropriate). Young people must be in some form of education or training to the age of 18 years, but this could be at an alternative provision. All young people can legally move on to a Further Education setting after Year 11 when they are 16 years old or in their 16th year.  However, please note that the details of a young person’s Education, Health and Care Plan (needs/outcomes/provision) will need to be considered by any education provision as part of their admission process and an offer of a place is not guaranteed. Some independent provisions may offer a place but this is not guaranteed until funding is agreed by the SEND 0-25 Team at Devon County Council.

Some learners are ready to leave the Learn to Live Federation before they turn 19 years old.

This Learn to Live Transitions Information Booklet has been produced to support our families to navigate their young person’s transition for post-16 and post-19 provision, answering many frequently asked questions.

This booklet is a guide to support with preparing to move on from school. It provides learners and their families with information about:

  • what to expect at each stage as the learner progresses through school
  • options for the future
  • how the school supports the transition & review process
  • available support and sources of further information

The Transitions Co-ordinator at Bidwell Brook School is Ruth McGuigan. Ruth can be contacted on 01803 864120 or email

The Transitions Support Group is a forum where families can attend information sessions relating to various aspects of transition. Guest speakers from a range of services are invited to attend and present to families followed by a Q&A session. These forums are promoted through our school communication channels.

We are aware many families may be unable to attend forums during the day due to work commitments.  Unfortunately, unlike school staff who are able to run meetings starting late afternoon into early evening, this is often not the case for other agencies. Information from meetings will therefore be made available on our website and information shared on our school newsletter and social media platforms.

Previous presentations and resources from our Transitions Support Group:

An Introduction to Apprenticeships: Bidwell Brook School