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.

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

Supporting transitions

Many children benefit from support during times of transition.

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.

Enhanced Transitions

Some pupils may require additional support to help them have a positive transition experience.

This website has useful tools and templates that can be used to prepare children for transitions:

Communication friendly environments

For further 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.

Online transition

Technology is amazing and provides us with the means and opportunity to stay socially connected whilst being physically distant. Many schools moved to a virtual transition offer during 2020 and some aspects of this may remain which have resulted in a hybrid model. For many young people aspects of virtual transition are exciting and very helpful. However for some young  the virtual transitions 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. 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

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