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Transitions in Education


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Havering SENDIASS acknowledges that a transition in Education whether that be to Primary, Secondary or Post-16 can be a difficult yet exciting process for Children & Young People with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).  

Below are some useful hints/tips to support you during this transition period. 

How can I help prepare my child for School?

Before the Summer Break:

1 - If your Child/Young Person requires specific support and resources, you should speak with the SENCO at the earliest opportunity to allow them to put things in place prior to your Child/Young Person starting to ensure a smooth transition.

2 - Before the end of the Summer term, you could request images of the new School environment from the School SENCO. You can show these pictures to your Child/Young Person over the Summer break. These could include pictures of classrooms, toilets, lunch area and teachers; so your child can familiarise themselves before starting. 

3 - Before the end of the Summer term, you could request a map of the new School from the SENCO and share this with your Child/Young Person. This will help them become familiar with the layout of the School prior to starting. 

4 - You could speak with the new School and ask for details of Key Staff that your Child/Young Person can speak to if they need help whilst at School.

5 - If your Child/Young Person has an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), make sure you understand what support will be in place when they start School.


During the Summer Break:

1 - During the summer break, undertake activities that help your Child/Young Person with their organisation skills. These could involve activities like packing a bag, reading a timetable. 

2 - Discuss the School environment with your Child/Young Person and highlight all the positive things they will experience such as friendships, new activities and clubs etc... 

3 - Throughout the Summer break you could have the School uniform on display to help your Child/Young Person mentally prepare for September. You could also try allowing your Child/Young Person to wear the uniform for a few minutes per day to enable them to feel comfortable in it. 

4 - Show your Child/Young Person the School website and let them explore what is on offer. 

5 - If your Child/Young Person likes advanced warning and preparation, you could use a calendar to mark off the days until starting School. Only use this if appropriate. 

6 - Practice the School journey throughout the Summer holiday so your Child/Young Person becomes familiar with the walk/bus route. 


Starting the new academic year:

1 - Remind your Child/Young Person that it is okay to be nervous about the transition. Give them opportunities to communicate any concerns with you that they might have before starting. They can do this verbally, written or drawing. 

2 - Once School starts, pack the School bag the night before with them. You could use a checklist to help your child tick-off what they need each day. 

3 - If having a packed lunch, you could start to involve your Child/Young Person with choosing and preparing their food. 



What else can I do?

We understand that you may still want some Information and Advice about the new School/College.  Therefore, we advise the following:

  • Obtain School Brochure or Prospectus
  • Visit the School Website and view the following policies: 
  1. Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Policy (SEND)
  2. Behaviour Policy
  3. Bullying Policy
  4. Equal Opportunities Policy - or any other you feel appropriate. 
  • View the Home/School agreement (This can be found on the School Website) 
  • Read the Governors' Annual Report to parents (This can be found on the School Website)
  • Read the Ofsted Inspection Report (This can be found on the Ofsted Website:


Where can I get further Information, Advice & Guidance?

If you stil have further queries regarding Transition or have any concerns, firstly it would be beneficial to contact your School.

You can also contact us via completing our Contact Form which you can complete on this website. 

We also have a range of Local & National Support Organisations which you can make contact with. For information on these, please click on the Local / National Support Organisation pages.