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Transition Pathways

A transition pathway, is a student’s journey from school to life after school (post - school). A successful transition prepares the student for the ‘outside’ world and links the student, and family, with adequate and appropriate services and supports to ensure a safe and satisfying future. 

At year 10, or equivalent, the teacher sets down the student, and family, dreams and vision for the future, in the SET (Senior Education and Training) Plan. The SET Plan provides the background and direction for the senior phase of schooling and the student’s transition pathway. 

At Beenleigh Special School, during years 11 and 12, students are gradually and strategically immersed in the community, to explore options, develop new relationships, build confidence and find what suits them best. Students with the interest and capacity to work – be it supported employment, open employment or volunteer work, are directed towards an ‘Employment Pathway’. Where work is not a viable option, a ‘Recreational Pathway’ is available. Some students will travel both pathways. 

Beenleigh Special School has built a reputation for successful transition processes and outcomes for students. This success is built on strong community partnerships, support networks and the types of relationships that provide abundant opportunities and variety for students. The school’s determination to secure quality outcomes for students, is based on the belief that within disability lies ability!  

Recreational Pathway
Possible School Experiences / Links / Offerings
Student Indicators:
·          Non Verbal or limited communication
·        High needs - physical, emotional, behavioural
·        In need of one on one, or group support
In School programs – gym, gardens, school sport
Sampling of Day Services e.g. Ability Care, ESEC, House with No Steps, Clear Horizons, Centacare
Joins recreational and social programs in the community, such as PCYC Possibilities Program, Music Program, inter-school sport
Employment Pathway
Possible School Experiences / Links / Offerings
Student Indicators:
·        ‘Functional’ levels of communication, literacy and numeracy
·        Able to learn routines, follow instructions, behave appropriately in the workplace
·        Motivated, wants to work
·        Aware of personal care and grooming
In School programs – tuckshop, car washing, recycling
Curriculum that builds the capacity for work - VET (Vocational Education & Training), ASDAN (Awards Scheme Development Accreditation Network)
Work Experience – in and out of school, with or without support
Sampling of supported employment and Disability Enterprises e.g. Monte Lupo, Endeavour, Sub Station 33, Fruit and Vegetable Program at ESEC
Registration with a Disability Employment Service (DES) such as Red Cross Employment Service, or Mylestones