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Transitioning services

Tailored transitions

Our therapy and teaching team develop individually tailored transitions for young people moving in and out of Progress School. We pride ourselves on our thorough transition planning for both residential and day students, and maintain a high degree of flexibility to ensure we can be responsive to pupil and parents’ needs.

Transitioning into Progress School

Pupils transitioning into the service will usually have an assessment with staff from the school (assessments for residential pupils also usually involve staff from the proposed home). Depending on the individual’s circumstances, they can visit Progress School, or staff can visit them where they are currently living and learning. This process allows us to be sure that we are able to fully meet the young person’s needs before offering them a place. Our multidisciplinary team also meet with parents and carers to discuss the best way to introduce the young person to the service, working hard to allay any anxieties parents may have about the process.

Moving on from Progress School

For pupils moving on from Progress School, we create a tailored package of support for transition, based around the individual’s onward pathway. Some young people will be looking to access post-19 education through specialist college routes and we have previously helped some of our pupils transition to Arden College in Southport.

For those young people transitioning out of Progress School and looking to move into supported living or residential care, we focus on supporting them to develop their communication and independence skills, and enabling the new staff team to support the young person with a high level of continuity and consistency. We are also able to offer transitional pathways into residential care within Priory Adult Care’s UK-wide network of homes.