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DFN MoveForward


Supporting young people with mild to moderate learning disabilities into sustained employment


DFN-MoveForward supports young people aged 15-24 with mild to moderate learning disabilities to make the successful transition from education to full-time paid employment and equips employers and families to support these aspirations. We support young people in a long-term way and combine coaching with exposure to the world of work.


Coaches work with young people to develop a range of important life and employability skills to prepare them for the workplace. They engage closely with schools, colleges and parents to coordinate the best possible range of support.

We are unique because of our long-term approach. Young people are enrolled in school year 11 and can stay on the programme through to their early twenties. This ensures they are fully supported during the key transition from education into employment, and crucially through the early stages of their working life.


A Progression Coach works with a caseload of 45+ young people through fully embedded partnerships with local special schools and further education colleges. Progression Coaches are supported by Business Partnership Managers who build a network of work-related opportunities with employers for young people to access.


This central government funded programme is delivered in 3 regions across 7 education partners in:

  • London: Samuel Rhodes School and City & Islington College.

  • The West Midlands: Woodlands School in Coleshill, The Westminster School in Rowley Regis and Welcombe Hills School, Stratford-upon-Avon.

  • Kent & Medway: Bradfields Academy in Chatham and MidKent College in Medway and Maidstone.