Post 16 Transition with an EHCP

How the Post 16 transfer process will work

A young person who has an EHC Plan and is due to move on to a Post 16 placement (such as a college or sixth form) in September, will have the opportunity to state their placement preference(s) using the SENAR Post 16 preference form. The preference form will be sent to your current school for you to complete.

What they need to do

  • A young person who is resident in Birmingham must complete the city council preference form specifically for learners with an EHC Plan
  • If any of their preferences are for a placement in another Local Authority they must still complete the city council preference form and name their preferences
  • Birmingham City Council is required to consult a Post 16 placement, before it can be named in their EHC Plan
  • Post 16 placements will be allocated in accordance with the SEN Code of Practice 2015 and the admissions criteria described in this guide
  • Each young person will be given the opportunity to make representations and to discuss any concerns they have with their SENAR officer, whose name and contact details will be in the correspondence relating to the proposed placement
  • If a young person or their parent or carer disagrees with the offer, they can appeal to the SEND Tribunal Service. The contact details will be included in the letter sent with their final amended EHC Plan

Please note:

The Children and Family Act 2014 states that, when amending an EHC Plan, Local Authorities must make arrangements to enable young people to say where they would prefer to receive their Post 16 education or training.

The number of placements in all settings are limited. It may not always be possible to allocate the preferred placement.

To maximize a student’s opportunities for a preferred placement being allocated we recommend four preferences are stated on the preference form.

Birmingham City Council must comply with a young person’s preference for a local college or sixth form unless the:

  • placement is unsuitable to their age, ability, aptitude or SEN
  • placement would be incompatible with the efficient education of the other young people with whom they would be educated
  • placement would be incompatible with the efficient use of resources