Transition is defined in the Oxford dictionary as ‘the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another’.
When transition is talked about relating to a young person with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) it tends to mean preparing for the time when they change from children’s services to adult services.
It covers the time from Year 9 at school (age 13 – 14) and onwards until they leave school. Transition support from other agencies may continue until the young person is 25 years old.
Why is it important?
Transition for young people with SEND is important because it involves planning for the future.
This is the case with every young person at this age, whether they are disabled or not; but for a young person who may need extra support to achieve their goals, it is crucial that the help they need is identified as soon as possible.
This will ensure support is in place when needed.