What are outcomes?

Outcomes are what a child or young person is able to do at different times in the future. Outcomes set out observable skills that the young person hopes to have within a set period of time. They are usually broken into long-term and short-term outcomes. 

They should be:

  • realistic
  • achievable
  • related to hopes and dreams for the future

 Outcomes should be created by these people together:

  • the child or young person
  • parents or carers
  • any education, health and care professionals who are involved

Why use outcomes?

We use outcomes because:

  • they let us think of the skills and abilities we'd like the child or young person to have
  • they help us focus on a positive and possible future for the child or young person

Long-term outcomes

Outcomes may:

  • reflect the attributes and skills we hope the child or young person will have by the end of the next phase
  • be broad so that they're relevant in the next stage of education

Reviews of these outcomes take place each year, at the same time as the short-term outcomes. 

Short-term outcomes

Short-term outcomes are long-term outcomes that have been broken down into smaller steps. They should be achievable within a year. 

We will review them each term or at least once a year. 

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