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Reflecting and Looking Ahead: Assessing and Planning SEND Transitions

by | Dec 22, 2023


Reflection is a powerful tool in education, allowing us to assess the efficacy of our approaches and plan for the future. For SEND students, the success of transitions can set the tone for their overall educational journey. In this final post of our series, we will discuss methods for evaluating transition strategies, the importance of reflecting on the lessons learned, and how to effectively prepare for upcoming transitions in the next academic year. 

Evaluating Transition Strategies:

Evaluating existing transition strategies is crucial for continuous improvement: 

  1. Feedback Mechanisms: Implement mechanisms to gather feedback from all stakeholders involved in SEND transitions, including students, parents, teachers, and teaching assistants. 
  2. Success Indicators: Define clear indicators of success for each transition strategy, such as reduced anxiety levels, improved attendance, or positive feedback from the SEND pupil. 
  3. Review Meetings: Hold regular review meetings with the SEND team to discuss the effectiveness of strategies and make necessary adjustments. 

Reflecting on Lessons Learned:

Reflection helps us to consolidate our learning and informs future practice: 

  1. Documenting Experiences: Keep a record of transition processes and their outcomes to identify patterns and areas for improvement. 
  2. Case Studies: Develop case studies of particular transitions that were successful or challenging, analysing the factors that contributed to these outcomes. 
  3. Professional Development: Use reflections to inform the professional development of staff, tailoring training to address specific needs highlighted during the transition processes. 

Preparing for Upcoming Transitions:

Proactive preparation can ease future transitions: 

  1. Forward Planning: Start planning for the next academic year’s transitions early, considering the insights gained from the past year. 
  2. Inclusive Strategy Development: Involve SEND pupils in the planning process for their own transitions, ensuring that their voices and preferences shape the approach taken. 
  3. Resource Allocation: Ensure that resources, both human and material, are allocated efficiently to support upcoming transitions, based on the evaluations and reflections of past strategies. 

Pull-out Quote:

“Assessing our transitions, reflecting on our practices, and planning with foresight empowers us to build a supportive bridge for SEND pupils, leading them towards success in the upcoming academic year.” 


As we close this series, let’s take the insights and reflections from our experiences to heart. The continual assessment and planning of SEND transitions are essential for fostering an environment where every pupil can thrive. We encourage you to take the time to reflect, evaluate, and plan, ensuring that each SEND pupil has the support and resources needed to face new challenges with confidence. 

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