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Unlocking the potential of special schools - UPOSS

Unlocking the potential of special schools funding has been awarded to the authority from the Welsh Government to support three key projects. This funding builds on the previous UPOSS funding.

The aims of these projects were to aid the transition of young people with ALN from school into Further Education and to further analyse the reasons for high levels of NEETS at 16 for ALN pupils when they transfer into further education.  The projects were as follows:

  • Supporting transition of Pen y Bryn Special School and ALN STF pupils onto appropriate learning pathways within Gower College Swansea. 
  • Supported transition for Post 16 Step Ahead pupils onto learning pathways in Gower College Swansea. 
  • FE transition working - supported transition from pre-16 and post-16 educational providers onto learning pathways at Gower College Swansea for learners with ALN.
The guiding principles applied by the project area as follows:
  • An inclusive and diverse provision 
  • Appropriate opportunities for all young people with additional learning needs 
  • Equality of access to Further Education 
  • Opportunities within Special schools providing for those with significant additional learning needs in partnership with other providers.

This was achieved by partners working together on transition planning which built on existing good practices:

  • Building positive relationships with all providers 
  • Improved Communication 
  • Enhanced Guidance 
  • Support and Training 
  • Transition Preparation and Planning 
  • Monitoring of Progression 
  • Recording Positive Outcomes


These projects have enabled partners to connect and support young people in moving for further success in supporting young people with ALN moving successfully from school into Further Education.

In order to understand learners and their families views on effective transition into Further Education and to ensure a consistent approach is applied within transition working questionnaires were sent out at the end of the project and used in focus groups of young people and used to understand the effectiveness of transition working.

Ysgol Penybryn

Penybryn Special School

Ysgol Penybryn were successful in a bid to secure funding for supporting transition of Penybryn Special School and ALN STF pupils into appropriate learning pathways within Gower College.

Gower College Swansea

Gower College

Considers the Welsh Government's policy Extending Entitlement.

Step Ahead

Step Ahead

The appointment of a transition worker to support Post 16 Step Ahead pupils onto learning pathways.

UPOSS Dissemination event

UPOSS - dissemination event

The UPOSS dissemination event held on 18 February 2014, as part of the STF network day, was a great success with over 40 STF staff attending.

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