Ofsted have todaybrought out a new report, Progression post-16 for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. It finds that some young disabled people struggle to get effective support after school to help them into employment, further study, and living independently.
Ofsted carried out case studies in 32 colleges, independent learning providers and local authority providers of adult and community learning. It found that while the transition arrangements in most colleges and work-based learning providers work well, local authorities (LAs) perform much more poorly. Providers had received a learning difficulties assessment from the LA in only a third of the case studies, and these were not always timely or based on an objective assessment of need.
In the report Ofsted makes a number of recommendations to improve support in the future.
The full report can be found along with a summary at http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/progression-post-16-for-learners-learning-difficulties-andor-disabilities.