Transition to secondary school: pupils with SEN

Read about the requirement to plan for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) who are moving from primary to secondary school, and get tips for each phase to help the transition go smoothly.

Last reviewed on 19 January 2023
School types: All · School phases: All
Ref: 10751
  1. Plan and prepare for transition
  2. Arrange for an EHC plan review
  3. What should my school do to prepare for transition?

Plan and prepare for transition

To support pupils with special educational needs (SEN) transitioning between phases of education you should:

  • Share information with the school, college or other setting the pupil is moving to
  • Agree with parents and pupils what information will be shared as part of this planning process

If the pupil is staying at their new school for post-16 provision, consider how to provide a high-quality post-16 study programme. 

This is set out in paragraph 6.57 of the SEND Code of Practice (page 102). 

You'll find details about what information you could share in the section below.

Arrange for an EHC plan review

Before transition

This review and any amendments