Transitions can be a tricky time for students, especially students with SEND. The SEND Network has plenty of resources on transitioning, whether that be from nursery, primary school or into the world of work. To make your lives a bit easier, here is a quick round-up of those resources:
Early and Primary years:
Catherine McLeod, CEO of inclusion charity Dingley's Promise, shares some tips on how to ensure a positive transition experience for all children, including tips on mutually agreed handover formats, involving parents and creating a smoother transition.
Hannah McCormack is an early years lecturer and PHD student. In this blog post, she discusses some of the key areas that practitioners can focus on to reduce the anxiety around transitions, as children come to the end of this academic year.
The autumn term can be a time of excitement for many children. However, some children will be feeling anxious and resistant to go to school. Hannah McCormack offers some ways to support these children.
Transitioning into secondary school:
Gary Aubin is a SEND associate, MAT SEND Lead and author. Gary covers what is best practice when supporting children with SEND during transitioning from Primary to Secondary school. This includes working with parents and the importance of learning about incoming students.
As the days get longer and the summer term gets underway, it can feel like SENDCOs need to straddle more priorities than they have headspace for, taking on more work than they have time for. If working strategically is the only way to make this realistic, what does this look like in the summer term?
Angela Greenwood's Safe to Learn course is all about working with vulnerable children effectively, through nurture, understanding and thinking. In session four, Angela touches on how to discuss transitions and endings with vulnerable children and how to do this in a way that won't induce more anxiety.
Transitioning into work:
Dr Helen Chilton is the Programmes Director for Advanced Audiology at the University of Manchester. In this presentation, she presents the findings from the REDY study to highlight the needs and strengths of deaf young people transitioning into adulthood.
Podcast guest, Nicholas Prempeh, discusses transition of students with SEND into post-16 education. He explores the challenges young people face and how SENCOs and educators can support their students going through this transition, including the importance of getting the right support at the right time, how parents and the school can work together, and why it is important to give a young person with SEND autonomy over their future.
Julie Pointer is a qualified social worker and current programme lead at the National Development Team for Inclusion. As programme lead, she runs the Internships Work programme to get more young people with additional needs into supported internships and ultimately the world of work. Watch her membership interview with us to find out about her time working in the role and why supported internships are beneficial to young people with SEND.
Want to find out more about Internships Work programme? Find Julie's talk from the 2023 Tes SEND show here.
While transitions can be hard for children and young people with SEND, it can be just as hard for parents who want the best for their child but may not know where to go for support. Sherann Hillman MBE (Head of Family Services - Seashell Trust) heads a forum guiding parent's through transitions in education for SEND children.