27 September 2023

Support wellbeing, self care, and health

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Prepare students with future-focused skills’

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Plan for social support

Plan for social support

Support students to develop the social side of their transition plan. Pose questions such as:

  • Do I need more information about housing options?
  • Who is important to me?
  • How will I keep in touch with my friends when I leave school?
  • Are there new things I would like to try?
  • What skills do I need to learn to support my independence?
  • What places and activities are important to me?

Source: Preparing for adulthood: My friends, relationships, and community. Bath and East Somerset Council, UK (opens in a new tab/window)

Offer tools to manage anxiety

Offer tools to manage anxiety

Introduce students to resources and tools that can help them manage their anxiety or feelings of being overwhelmed or stuck.

  • SPARX is an online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland. SPARX helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling depressed or stressed.
  • The Lowdown has a leaving-school section that offers a choice of actions students can take to manage their anxiety as they approach leaving school.

Discuss strategies to deal with stress

Discuss strategies to deal with stress

US students discuss and plan for dealing with stress at college.

Useful resources

Useful resources


The Deaf toolbox: NZSL

A selection of videos developed by Deaf Aotearoa giving useful information about everyday life situations. Topics include: finding work, going flatting and health support.

Publisher: Attitude (NZ)

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Exploring futures Your step by step guide to moving on

Exploring futures: Your step-by-step guide to moving on

Read time: 70 min

This booklet for young people with the experience of disability and their families in the Greater Wellington region provides support for the transition from school to adult life.

Publisher: Emerge Supported Employment Trust

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Prepare students with future-focused skills”:

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