Transition: Your Step by Step Guide

Transition Reviews

Teenage girl reading

Transition means change and as you move towards adulthood you will experience changes from leaving school, moving on to college, training or employment to living independently.

All these changes can be very exciting and by planning for your future you can make sure everything is in place to enable you to live your life to the full.

If you have a statement of special educational needs planning for the future is made easier through transition reviews. Transition reviews start in year 9 and will often take place at the same time as the review of your statement.

The review will be organised by your school and you have the right to invite everyone that is important in your life to the meeting. That could be anyone from your parents, carers, friend or relative, social worker, health care worker and your IAG Personal Adviser.

During the meeting you will plan for your future life and will look at:

  • What are your hopes for the future?
  • What are your dreams for the future?
  • What are your goals?
  • What is important to you?
  • What you like and dislike about school
  • Do you want to go to college?
  • What you like to do outside of school including sports and leisure activities?
  • Do you have any health concerns?
  • What would you like to do for a job?
  • Where would you like to live in the future?

Transition action plan

Teenage boy writing on a whiteboard

At the end of your meeting you will have a transition action plan which will show what is important to you and what support you need to help you achieve your future hopes and dreams. Your transition action plan will be looked at every year whilst you remain in school. It is important to remember that your transition action plan is about you! What you want to do in the future and the support you need to help you get there.