Transition through school. Rosanne Diaz, Information, Care and Advocacy Manager firstname.lastname@example.org 0207 803 4802. Different types of transition. Transition through schools – things to consider. Plan ahead Educate the school/university/college – health professionals can help
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Rosanne Diaz, Information, Care and Advocacy Manager
0207 803 4802
Educate the school/university/college – health professionals can help
Once statemented – Local Education Authority is obliged to provide funding/resources to enable the statement to be fulfilled.
Yearly statement review – can ask for a review if things change
If not on a statement, School Plus/Action Plans can be put into place to provide support required
Small steps may be needed at every stage of transition – keep in touch with school as aspects of the condition change and more support is needed
Understand the support changes from primary to secondary – e.g. physiotherapy in school hours
Smooth transitions will:
Raise aspirations and opportunities
Raise awareness within schools and pupils
The choice of school
At each transition stage of a school career there will be choices to make about the type of school
Mainstream or special, day or boarding, local or further away, with siblings (with better facilities)?
Choice should be based on:
individual child and the wishes of the family
practicalities such as the physical layout of local schools and whether they can be adapted to meet a child’s needs
any learning disabilities or behavioural difficulties
In some cases a child may feel more comfortable and better supported in a special needs school
An active choice that is made after assessment and discussion, and not an assumption by parents, teachers or the LEA
When EHCPs are rolled out in September 2014 – families will be given more choice in terms of schools chosen
LEA: Local Education Authority
EHCPs: Education Health and Care Plans
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Ben's story - Transition from Primary to Secondary school:
Takin’ Charge – developed byyoung adults living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy:
Overview of EHCPs – written by Muscular Dystrophy Campaign advocacy team: http://www.muscular-dystrophy.org/get_involved/campaigns/campaign_news/7447_reforming_the_special_educational_needs_system_education_health_and_care_plans
Access to Higher Education Trailblazersreport: http://www.mdctrailblazers.org/assets/0000/9705/University_challenge2013Updated.pdf
Education factsheet, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign: http://www.muscular-dystrophy.org/assets/0002/2704/Education.pdf
TalkMD – Parents Education Network: http://www.muscular-dystrophy.org/news/5126_bringing_parents_together
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