Janine Cherrington & Naomi Hope



‘Start with the end in sight’ – The importance of an agreed end goal in transition planning
Janine Cherrington, Head of Service & Naomi Hope, Development Manager, Transition2

The SEND reforms place great emphasis on multi-agency and partnership working to support and involve young people in decisions about their future, placing them at the centre of their life plan. The reforms also recognise the need for aspirational pre-agreed outcomes recorded in a detailed Education, Health and Care Plan.

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Janine Cherrington – Head of Service, Transition2.
Janine Cherrington came to the SEN sector in 2008 after lecturing and leading in mainstream FE colleges across Yorkshire, London and the Southern Counties. Janine is passionate about improving life outcomes for young learning disabled adults and, in 2010, began collaborating on the development of a college for severely learning disabled and autistic young people called Transition2, which she now leads as Head of Service. Transition2 offers bespoke learning programmes based on person-centred long-term targets which encourage learners to ‘start with the end in sight’.

As a graduate in Behavioural Science, a post-graduate in Somatic Studies and a professional practitioner of The Feldenkrais Method®, Janine draws upon her background in psychology, performing arts and neuro-plasticity to inform her individual approach to learning, leadership and development. She also supports and promotes good practice in SEN and leadership as a Specialist Leader of Education through the Derby Teaching Schools Alliance, believing strongly that by working together we can achieve more.

Naomi Hope – Development Manager, Transition2.
Naomi Hope has dedicated the majority of her career to widening the scope of opportunities available to young people with disabilities through her work in the Voluntary Sector and Further Education. Whilst leading “The Stuff” project for Disability Direct, Naomi developed and led a youth forum which informed and enhanced educational, social and leisure opportunities for young people in Derby and Derbyshire, including an interactive, accessible website which received critical acclaim from support agencies across the region.

A specialist in event planning and market development, Naomi uses her strengths as a community connector to increase the visibility of disabled young people by establishing local links through which they can share their assets within the community. Naomi joined the team at Transition2 in 2013 as Development Manager and, since this time, has significantly enhanced the online presence of the college and helped to promote the voice of learning disabled young people in the development of Derby’s local offer.

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