Moving on to the next stage of education
When an annual review happens at the same time as the child or young person is moving onto the next stage of education, it's called a transition review.
There are often more things to consider when this happens, as the young person will need support when adapting to a new setting or stage of their life.
Key 'transition' stages include:
- Early years provider to primary school
- Infant school to junior school
- Primary school to secondary school
- Secondary school to further education/training
Any amendments to the EHCP should be made by 15 February of the calendar year that the transfer is due to take place.
If your child is moving from secondary school to post-16 education or an apprenticeship, there should also be a review – in this case, it should happen by 31 March of the calendar year.
Once a setting has been named in your child’s EHCP, if you are not happy then you can appeal this decision.
Helping your child prepare for change
You and your child might be able to visit the new school or college when it is empty and quiet, to take photos and prepare.
Some primary schools run transition courses for pupils with additional needs in the summer term of year 6. You can ask your school if they offer this.
If you've chosen a school/ college out of your local area, you should make contact with them directly. Some schools have a member of staff who manage new intakes.
Contact the new setting's SENCo. You could set up a joint meeting with them and your current school.
Make the new school aware of signs to look out for that your child is anxious, and the best way to communicate with them.
Meet with their new tutor and get a copy of the timetable ahead of term.
If your child is Autistic and/or suffers with high levels of anxiety, the National Autistic Society has some useful strategies and information.