Transition planning is a whole of school process and is equally important to both students and staff. For students with disability the process is critical and may require a strategic, collaborative plan.
By now many transition plans for students with disability are underway.
Parents / carers are always first on my list. It is essential to consult with parents throughout the transition process. Enable them the opportunity to provide input and also guide them and support them to obtain required information, e.g. updated medical action plan, paediatric review etc.
The student, whenever possible should be involved.
Due to the nature of schools, transfer of staff etc. it is often difficult to identify a class teacher/s. This decision, class placement is the most critical and sometimes can not be made until very late in the year. Whenever possible a consultation process, discussing student needs with staff will produce the best outcomes.
Essentially there are two questions to consider.
- How to support the student during the transition? ... What does the student need?
- How to support the teacher/s? ... What does the teacher need?
There are of course many variables involved in addressing the two questions, environmental needs / access, required professional learning etc etc. If you would like a copy of my Student Transition Map, see below ... and if you have ideas for improvement, I'd love to hear from you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org