There are many different experiences at transition points for children and young people with additional needs.

Transitions not only include moving from key stages through education, preparing for adulthood and post 16 education, and employment, it is about any change that your child/young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities will experience as they are moving into, within, between and out of educational settings, so includes a change of classroom, a change of desk, teacher and much more.

We have created this page so that transition information is in one place, making it easier for you to access resources, practical tips, support and ideas from organisations as we move towards September. 

Starting Primary School

Place to Be have guidance as well and a video to support your child, with practical tips such as talking to your child about the school and looking at the website together.  To find out more click the link below which will take you to Place 2 Be resources:

Place to Be Starting Primary School

Oxford Owl share 5 top tips for school readiness on their website which includes some activities that you can do together as well as a video 'Helping to build your child’s confidence and resilience' from Teacher and child psychologist Jean Gross who shares her tips for helping children believe in themselves.  To find out more click the link below which will take you to Oxford Owl:

Oxford Owl

Oldham Council have information for getting ready for primary school and speech, language and communication resources, together with a video about school readiness.  To find out more click the link below which will take you to Oldham Council's information:

Preparing Your Child For Primary School Oldham Council

Secondary School and Beyond

Anna Freud  'Supporting children's transition to secondary school' is an evidence-based guidance for parents and carers, written with input from clinicians at the Anna Freud Centre and teachers.
This short guide provides tips about how children preparing for, or going through the transition to secondary school can best be supported by their parents and carers. It includes guidance which explains why the transition can be difficult for some children, and practical advice such as talking and connecting with the new school, as well as suggested resources that children and parents and carers may find useful:

Supporting Children Through Secondary Transition (booklet)

Anna Freud  Moving Up! This short video animation and teacher toolkit is to support children who have recently started in Year7, or who will be preparing to transition later in the school year.

This was developed in collaboration with young people, teachers and mental health experts. The short video animation aims to support pupils to:

  • Identify potential worries associated with starting secondary school
  • Know they're not alone if they are feeling worried 
  • Talk to a trusted adult or friend if they have any concerns
  • Identify solutions and strategies for looking after their mental health

Anna Freud - Moving Up!

Place to Be have guidance as well as a video to support your child with practical tips in secondary school.  Click the link below which will take you to Place to Be resources:

Place to Be Preparing For Secondary School

Young Minds have various resources to support transitions and times of change, their guidance contains information and practical tips to help you support your child during a time of transition or change.  Just click on the links below to access:

Young Minds Transitions/Times Of Change

Young Minds Supporting School Transitions

Oldham Council Transition advice for pupils and parents including post 16 education and employment.  You can access this information below:

Transition Advice Pupils and Parents Oldham Council

This page will be reviewed annually.