Best Practice

Smooth transitions for SEN pupils

Transition points in school life can be difficult, especially for pupils with SEN. Dr Nicola Davies reports on a recent seminar focusing on solutions to this challengeFor many children, especially those with special needs, the switch to high school is a time fraught with tension.

Chartered psychologist Dr Melody Terras, who has been conducting research into how to make school transitions easier for children with special needs, presented her findings at the recent British Psychological Society annual conference.

She said: “In general, our findings highlight the importance of listening to children’s concerns about moving to high school and also whether these concerns still persist after the move and for how long. 

“It is important to engage in frequent discussions with children at all stages of the process – before, during and after. Change is often challenging and a certain degree of anxiety may be expected.”

According to Dr Terras, research indicates that concerns generally fall into three main areas:

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