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When a child or young person makes a transition from one phase of education to another, this is called phase transfer. There are three key transitions in a child or young person’s education:

Early Years Setting to Primary School

Primary School to Secondary School

Secondary School to Post-16 or 19 provision

If the child or young person has special educational needs or a disability (SEND), they may require an enhanced level of support at transition. If an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) is in place for them it is important for all involved to begin to plan well in advance of transition.

There is a process followed by the Local Authority, including the need to name a school or college on the plan. Further information is available here:

Some useful questions for parents and carers to ask when choosing an education setting are available here:

There is further guidance for the different transfer phases available for parents and carers on the Kent Information Hub:

Early Years:

Primary School to Secondary School:

Secondary to Further Education:

Kent has a Transition Charter, which sets out the responsibilities of everyone involved in the transition process.

Successful transitions occur more frequently when there is good communication, planning and transfer of information and records between early years settings, schools and parents/carers.

STLS in the Sevenoaks District are available to support and give advice at transition events and meetings if a child is on the case-list of a Specialist Teacher.

In the Sevenoaks District, we have created additional guidance documents, templates and resources for settings and schools to use at the different transfer phases. These are available on the pages below.


SEND/Vulnerable Pupil Transition Checklist - Early Years Setting to Primary

Sevenoaks District Early Years Setting to Primary Transition Information Sheet

Early Years Pupil Portrait Sheet 

Further information regarding moving from early years to primary school is available here:


It may be helpful for secondary schools to complete the following form for pupils transferring to college at 16.

Sevenoaks District Information to Support Post-16 Transition for SEND/Vulnerable Students

Post-16 Pupil Consent and Information Sharing

Further, transition information for pupils aged 16-25 is available here:


Sevenoaks District SEND/Vulnerable Pupil Transition Checklist – Primary to Secondary

Sevenoaks District Primary to Secondary (SEND/Vulnerable Pupils) Transition Information Sheet 

Pupil Portrait Sheet 

Further information regarding moving from primary to secondary school is available here:


NASEN Transition Guide

Moving Up - Supporting Transitions From Primary To Secondary School For Pupils On The Autism Spectrum

Autism Education Trust - Transition Toolkit - Helping you support a child through change

Moving from primary to secondary school - Supporting pupils with an autism spectrum disorder