Special educational needs children look to the future

Representatives of the organisations present at the event and students with Stephen Miller, fourth from right, and Coun Wayne Daley, third from right. Picture by Paul Stephenson.
Representatives of the organisations present at the event and students with Stephen Miller, fourth from right, and Coun Wayne Daley, third from right. Picture by Paul Stephenson.

The Northumberland County Council Careers Guidance Team arranged a dedicated event for young people with special educational needs (SEN) to enable them to begin planning their future pathways.

Held at Woodhorn Museum, members of the team were joined by colleagues in the SEND (special educational needs and disability) Information, Advice and Support Service, who held a consultation for the students with representatives of In It Together – a parent/carer forum.

They invited a range of exhibitors from a variety of areas, including education and social care, and those who came along had the opportunity to participate in some practical activities.

Attendees also had the opportunity to speak to multiple Paralympic medallist Stephen Miller.

He is the founder of the SMILE Through Sport not-for-profit organisation set-up to provide support for people with disabilities who are interested in sport.

The youngsters present were able to ask him questions and he gave them advice about how to reach their own goals.

Afterwards, he said: “It is through events such as these that young people with SEN can understand the range of options available for them and help them to realise their own future path.”

Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services at the county council, said: “This careers event was set-up specifically for young people with SEN throughout the county, providing a host of information about opportunities available post-16.

“It allowed them to review a range of avenues to take and offered them the opportunity to discuss and ask questions – helping them to make informed decisions based on their interests and skills.”