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Transition Planning

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Transition Planning Between Education Settings for Children and Young People With SEND

The term ‘education transition’ can describe any changes for when a child or young person with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) move into, within, between and out of educational settings.

The key educational transition stages are:

and, the move from:

Good Practice for Transitions

Transitions can cause anxiety for some children and young people. It is important for parents, education staff and other professionals to work together and give them the help and support they need. Transition planning should also be discussed and planned for when a child or young person moves between classes or years. This can help to ensure a smooth handover into their new class or year group. Speak to the child or young person's educational setting or school to plan for this.

Your child or young person's current educational setting will organise a planning meeting. This should take place before every transition stage when your child or young person is supported with their SEND.

This should happen regardless of whether the child or young person with SEND has an Education, Health and Care Plan. The planning meeting will help everyone to discuss the needs of the child or young person and decide on what support is required.

It can help with the transition between settings if they have:

NASEN (National Association of Special Educational Needs) provide further guidance regarding transitions. Please visit the NASEN website to find out more:

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Transitions (Phase Transfers) With EHC Plan

Phase transfers is the name for transitions when a child or young person has an EHCP. We explain this further on our EHCP: Phase Transfer page.

It can be useful to consider holding an annual review in your child or young person's new educational setting.

If you have any concerns about the child or young person's progress when they have started school or college, arrange to meet their teacher or the school Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo).

IPSEA are the Independent Provider of Special Education Advice. They have a website that provides further information on planning the move to a new school for children with SEND:


The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities website hosts a useful guide. The guide aims to help children with the transition to secondary school:

Preparing for Adulthood - Transition Planning Around Year 8/9

From around year 8/9 your child should be encouraged to think about what they may like to do in the future. This includes:

By the age of 13-14, someone from your child’s school will be responsible for co-ordinating a meeting. The meeting will include discussion about plans for the future. This should involve your child and have details of their hopes and dreams. It should also include a plan of how they will receive support to achieve them.

We have developed an online resource to support parents and carers with the planning and preparation for their young person’s transition into post 16 and adulthood. You can use this guide with your parents or carers or on your own.

Printed versions are also available. Please ask the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) at your school.

This site also has web pages that outline various routes young people can take when transitioning into adulthood. This includes supported employment, apprenticeships, internships, and much more. Visit our College and Adult Life (16+) pages.


Careers East Sussex

The Careers East Sussex website outlines various opportunities for young people with SEND. This includes finding help with educational courses and work:


Preparing for Adulthood (PfA)

PfA programme provides expertise and support to Local Authorities and their partners. This enables them to embed preparing for adulthood from the earliest years.

It also ensures that as young people with SEND move into adulthood, they achieve:

The PfA web page highlights information and resources that help young people when seeking employment. You can find out more by visiting the NDTi website:

EHCP and Preparing for Adulthood

If your child has an Education, Health and Care (EHCP), their planning for the future starts at age 13 (Year 9).

As well as the statutory requirement to review the plan, it will also include planning for transition into adulthood. This allows enough time to start thinking and planning for their future options.

It is important to help your child or young person to think about what they like and their hopes for the future. This will help you get the most out of the preparing for adulthood review and transition planning. Some children or young people will need more support to do this. It may be helpful to ask others who know them well what they think. 

At the Year 11 EHCP review meeting, their will need to be decisions about post-16 options. Applications for school or college should be made in the autumn term of Year 11 (at age 15).

To find out more about EHCPs, please visit our pages on Education, Health and Care Plans.


Preparing for Adulthood (PfA)

PfA programme provides expertise and support to Local Authorities and their partners. This enables them to embed preparing for adulthood from the earliest years.

It also ensures that as young people with SEND move into adulthood, they achieve:

The PfA web page highlights information and resources that help young people when seeking employment. You can find out more by visiting the NDTi website:

Services for Transition to Adult Life

Our SEND-specific directory, on 1Space, provides services that help with transition into adult life. Services include:

Visit the 16+ Transition to Adult Life category on 1Space.

Additional Help and Support

Amaze SENDIASS

Amaze SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service) are a local charity. They offer free, independent, and impartial advice for all matters relating to SEND. Contact Amaze SENDIASS by:

Visit the Amaze SENDIASS web page.


NHS - Health A to Z

The East Sussex Local Offer aims to provide as much information as possible. There may be some conditions that aren't covered in thorough detail. The NHS website has pages that list all conditions. These pages provide information and advice on how to get extra support:

Visit the NHS Health A to Z web page.


Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms

We explain some of the terms used on this website on our page, Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms.

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