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Transition guide

What is transition?

The term ‘transition’ is used to refer to life changes that children and young people may go through.

Some will be experienced by all children, for example puberty or moving from one educational setting to another. Others will only be experienced by some children and may not necessarily be understood by their peers, for example illness or death in the family, family break-up, going into care, adoption, issues related to sexuality, teenage pregnancy, the asylum process or the consequences of crime.

This quick guide focuses on just one kind of transition – moving into, between and out of educational settings. In particular, it looks at three key transition points – the move from:

• early years to primary school
• primary to secondary school
• secondary school to work, college or university.

The external link on this page links to the quick guide to support the needs of pupils and their families when moving between educational settings.

The guide aims to: -

  • set out the key principles underpinning successful transition from one educational setting to another and into training or employment for children and young people with SEND
  • suggest some practical approaches to supporting a smooth transition at different stages in the education process 
  • examine processes for transition planning and review in secondary schools
  • identify what schools and disabled young people themselves can do to smooth the transition

The attached guide has been produced by Nasen, who has given their consent for us to include on Hampshire's Local Offer.


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