Transition Hints and Tips

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This page has a list of websites and webpages which parents and carers and young people may find useful when thinking about transitions. By transitions, we mean children or young people who are:

  • starting school for the first time
  • moving primary school to secondary school
  • joining a new class or school
  • leaving school for college or work-based learning
  • leaving education altogether

Starting primary school

  • Talk Listen Cuddle – information and activities parents and carers can do with children to help them get ready for starting school.
  • Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service – school readiness guide.
  • BBC Bitesize – online games to prepare children for their first day at primary school.
  • BBC Bitesize – an article written by a headteacher with helpful tips and practical activities for parents and carers.

Starting secondary school

Post 16

  • All About School Leavers – information on school leaver pathways, including: apprenticeships, college, university and work.
  • Career Pilot – help with choosing post 16 options.
  • Mencap – advice and support on further education.
  • Essex Local Offer – the Preparing for Adulthood section has information on different pathways into employment and what is available locally.
  • Essex Local Offer – this page on university has information on the funding available to disabled students, and links to online resources for disabled students thinking about university.
  • Department for Education transitions leaflet – questions for young people with SEND and their families to ask schools when transitioning to Year 11.

For all ages