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Support for children and young people moving between phases of education

It is important that children and young people are supported at key transition points in their education.  This includes when a child starts at nursery or school, moves from one school to another and leaves school and moves into training or employment.   

This transition support is particularly important for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who may find these changes difficult to manage.

Examples of additional support for children and young people with SEND may include:

  • additional visits to the new class or school
  • a ‘pupil passport’ or ‘all about me’ type profile to help new teachers to understand the child’s needs and how best to support them
  • a ‘buddy support’ system being put in place in the first few weeks of school to support the child/young person through the transition
  • providing a map, photograph or videos of the new school to help children familiarise themselves with the setting   
  • use of social stories and visual timetables to help prepare children and young people for new situations

Formal planning and preparing for transferring to a new educational setting will take place as part of the Annual Review process for children and young people with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs.  Children and young people receiving SEN support within the school should also have their individual support plan reviewed when transferring to a new setting.

To support a smooth and effective transition, information should also be shared by the child or young person’s current educational setting with the receiving educational setting. The current setting should agree with the young person and their parents which information will be shared as part of this planning process.

We have asked the different education providers (early years settings, schools and colleges) within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead  to detail the additional help and transition support they provide to children and young people with SEND as they move between the different phases of education.  You can find this information on each provider’s Local Offer document within the Education section of the Local Offer and entering the name of the educational setting as a keyword in the search toolbar.



Additional support for transitions 


Children's Centres

Some children’s centres within RBWM offer Transitions Groups to provide support for children who are starting nursery and their parents. These are designed for all children.

Behaviour Support Service

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s Behaviour Support Service offer bespoke transition support for many schools to individual children and groups moving between any phases of their education.  The Onwards and Upwards summer holiday programme is available for vulnerable pupils in Year 6 to support their move to Secondary School.  The aim of all the groups is to reduce anxiety, in particular around new school issues and possible poor attendance by offering personalised structured workshops for pupils prior to starting their new school. In addition, liaison is offered for the pupil’s new school placement if required in September. 


Further information 

Useful links on the Local Offer


Useful links to other sites

You can also find general information about school admissions and a Starting School Guide on the Royal Borough's website.

There are some useful websites which provide a range of information and real life stories around transition to adulthood including: