Transition – Moving schools, settings and into adulthood
Transition is a word that is used a lot in SEND. It simply means moving from one setting, stage or phase to another.
Examples of transitions are: Moving from nursery to primary school, primary school to secondary school , secondary school to post-16 education and from post-16 education to adulthood.
For some children there is also the change from infant school to junior school.
Transition can also be used in a more general sense to talk about daily changes such as the transition from home to school each morning or moving classrooms between lessons. Any change or move is considered a transition of some kind.
For many children and young people with SEND, changes and moving places can be a challenge so it is important that careful planning is put in place as early as possible. There are lots of strategies, techniques and support that can be given to help children and young people with SEND manage change and adjust to their new environments.
This section of the Local Offer website has been designed to help you understand and plan for transitions using local services. We have also included national links and helpful guidance.