Supporting Transitions

Children and young people experience transitions throughout their education journey.  Some of these transitions are from one school to another.  Some children benefit from additional support to manage these experiences.  During this time of Covid-19 it is difficult to provide these experiences due to social distancing restrictions.  We recognise the fantastic work schools and early years settings are doing to support children and young people the best they can.

We have provided some resources which schools and parents/carers may find useful.

Supporting transitions

Many children benefit from support during times of transition. The current situation is making transitions more difficult to support due to restrictions and constraints. The following article is a helpful framework to think about key principles for transitions.

View new ways of supporting children and young people’s school transitions during the pandemic.

There are lots of resources which can be used to support and prepare children for transitions. Elsa Support has created specific resources for use during the pandemic which can help prepare children and young people for the transition from home back to school and also for bigger transitions- e.g. into early learning, or moving onto secondary.

View Elsa Support here.

For information on supporting transitions for children with additional support needs click here.

Aberdeenshire Council’s ASN website also has a range of resources to support transitions. Click here to access this resource.

During the current Covid-19 transitions it is more challenging to support post-school transitions.  The British Psychology Society has provided a helpful document click here to access support young people into training, learning and work during Covid-19.

Online transition

Technology is amazing and currently providing us with the means and opportunities to stay socially connected whilst being physically distant. In this digital and online world it has been possible to move what would have been a physical transition to a virtual one. For many this is exciting and will be very helpful. For some children and young people the virtual transition can feel just as daunting and overwhelming as the physical one.

View “Online transition: things to consider for children with additional needs” here .


Moving on

For some children and young people they may be facing a key transition. It is more difficult to prepare your child for this step during the current restrictions. We have created “Top Tips” guides for parents and carers.

View Preparing for Transition (nursery to primary) here. 

View Preparing for transition (primary to secondary) here.

For further advice and support for parents/carers please see the BBC guides and  Education Scotland links below:

View Starting Primary School here

View Starting Secondary School here

View Transitions 2020 here

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