Over the past few years, I have been invited to visit individual SEND pupils who may be struggling with self-confidence, issues in mainstream education and/or next steps beyond their current educational setting.
This work has been extremely beneficial to the pupils, building their confidence and supporting them to identify future opportunities. After working with a pupil with cerebral palsy, her school fed back:
“ As far as the support you gave to (pupil), I believe it was extremely valuable and came at a time when the future looked bleak for her. . . I also believe that your personal touch, involvement and your own personal experiences gave her the courage and determination to peruse this direction… What you did for her was amazing! Thank you!”
The SEND Code of Practice sets out expectations that local authorities will deliver information and advice directly to SEND children and young people. It is expected that schools promote higher aspirations for SEND pupils in relation to employment and independent living and that this can be achieved through mentoring, guest speakers and role models. My extensive experience of supporting disabled people into employment and my story of living an independent life can help inspire and support pupils in similar situations.
If you have a pupil who might benefit from some mentoring and support from someone who’s been through it before, please get in touch for an initial discussion.