Careers provision for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is complex and unfortunately, lacking. Accoring to the Office for National Statistics, just 17% of young people with specific learning disabilities find full-time employment after leaving education.
The LLEP SEND Survey with Leicester and Leicestershire teachers, students, parents and employers, tells us that they feel more experiences of the workplace and employability skills are necessary to improve careers provision for young people with SEND.
Workplace experiences are covered by Gatsby Benchmarks 5 and 6 (all about the World of Work) in the Careers education guidance for schools.
Following the survey, as part of the Leicester City Virtual Local Offer Live event, we led a session on the SEND Community of Practice that we have created for Leicester and Leicestershire.
We showcased a story of what can be achieved in terms of work experience for young people with SEND, which we see as a yardstick for the future success of this group: