“Hey, aren’t I the most important person here?”

Our latest FLARE blog comes from Hannah M, who writes about her experience of her final transitions meeting.

This week I‘ve been to a transition meeting to discuss my options for next year and to renew my EHC plan.

I was very anxious about the meeting: A group of seven or eight people discussing how I‘ve reached my targets and my hopes for the future.

In an ideal world I would like to stay at my current college for another year to extend my level three BTEC Health and Social Care to get more UCAS points. The college are happy to keep me, I have good attendance and am a student ambassador for the college: an all-round ‘ideal student’. However, it will all depend on whether a panel of people who I have never met and who don’t know me, who will decide whether I get funding for another year at college.

I want to go to university, I want to get a job, and I want to contribute to society. I just need a bit more time and support to get there. Don’t I deserve this little extra money so I can go and achieve these things? The meeting is now over and I must wait for the panel to decide if I am able to carry on and achieve my goals. I thought the most important thing in all of this was me? Please put me first!