The Graduated Approach - Transitions Toolkit

A toolkit of guidance, resources and links to support children and young people’s transition (transfer) between educational settings. 

The aim of this toolkit is to ensure that all children and young people with SEND have a smooth and successful transition process which meets their pastoral, academic and physical needs, enabling them to have the best possible start to their new phase of education.

This toolkit covers the school phases from Early Years through to Post 16 and can be used to support all children and young people with additional needs, not just those with EHCPs or statements.

'SEN Support should include planning and preparation for transition, before a child moves into another setting or school. This can include a review of the SEN support being provided or the EHC plan. To support the transition, information should be shared by the current setting with the receiving setting or school.' SEN and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years

Building on Graduated Approach Principles and Guidance

  • Transition information forms completed as soon after confirmation of place as possible.
  • Initial transition discussion with parents and child or young person.
  • Transitions meetings arranged at time that meets needs of child or young person to discuss and agree transition plan.
  • Relevant, child or young person parents professional to attend transition meetings.
  • Focus of meetings to discuss additional visits, transport, support required, adaptation, current and required resources, risk assessments, progress updates, medical needs, dietary requirements.
  • Handover of formal paperwork and plans with relevant parties.
  • For children or young person with EHCPs – joint setting attendance at Annual Transfer Reviews.
  • Passports, learning journals, social stories to be completed where appropriate, see the resources section for templates.
  • Home visits recommended for all age phases.

ASD Transition Information 

ASD Early Years to Mainstream School Transition (PDF 111KB)

ASD Primary to Secondary School Transition (PDF 266KB)

ASD Secondary to Post 16 Education Transition (PDF 107KB)

Down Syndrome Transition Information 

Downs Early Years to Mainstream School Transition (PDF 100KB)

Downs Primary to Secondary School Transition (PDF 119KB)

Downs Secondary to Post 16 Education Transition (PDF 129KB)

Downs Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 92KB)

Including questions, you may want to ask your school.

Language Disorder Transition Information

Language Primary to Secondary School Transition (PDF 156KB)

Language Secondary to Post 16 Education Transition (PDF 108KB)

Hearing Transition Information 

Hearing Home to Early Years Transition (PDF 101KB)

Hearing Early Years to Mainstream School Transition (PDF 137KB)

Hearing Primary to Secondary School Transition (PDF 119KB)

Hearing Secondary to Post 16 Education Transition (PDF 106KB)

Physical Disability Transition Information 

Physical Early Years to Mainstream School Transition (PDF 109KB)

Physical Primary to Secondary School Transition (PDF 113KB)

Physical Secondary to Post 16 Education Transition (PDF 107KB)

Vision Impairment Transition Information

Visual Home to Early Years Transition (PDF 106KB)

Visual Early Years to Mainstream School Transition (PDF 131KB)

Visual Primary to Secondary School Transition (PDF 111KB)

Visual Secondary to Post 16 Education Transition (PDF 106KB)

These documents and more can be found on The Specialist Teaching Service record.