Transition

Each year, your child's statement or education health care plan (EHC plan) is discussed at an annual review. In Year 9 the annual review is especially important as it will focus on drawing up plans for your child's future. This will be called a transition plan. A transition plan will bring together information from a range of different people who together with you and your child, will discuss future needs and prepare them for their move into adult life.


The move towards leaving school and preparing for adult life is important for every young person. The review involves the young person and pulls together the information from school and other agencies or services involved to plan for their transition to adult life.

The year 9 review

The Year 9 annual review offers an opportunity for all involved to address concerns and to identify any support needed to achieve your child's goals.

The special needs coordinator (SENCO) will invite all the agencies, parents and the young person.

A careers personal adviser will be invited to the review. They will be able to help your child identify, and get involved with, suitable post 16 opportunities and education.

Your child may work with a careers personal advisor to write a personal action plan for discussion at the review meeting.

The headteacher must make sure that the transition plan is completed after the transition annual review meeting.

The review plan

The process will set out the arrangements for your child from the age of 13 to 19 years making explicit plans to include:

  • education after the age of 16
  • independent living (benefits, accommodation, housing)
  • health and care support
  • recreation and leisure
  • training and employment.

It should also:

  • set clear targets and timescales for the next twelve months.
  • set out Outline actions to be taken.
  • identify who is responsible for carrying out the actions.

Preparation for the review

Prepare for the review by:

  • reading any information given to you by school.
  • filling in your views and sending them back to the school.
  • talking to your son/ daughter about their views.
  • letting the school know if you cannot attend the meeting immediately.
  • letting school know if you feel anybody additional needs to be invited.

Young person's involvement

By Year 9, young people will be encouraged to have an active role in the meeting, where this is appropriate and if they feel able to.

They may need to discuss a range of issues, such as:

  • making friends and having a social life
  • meeting partners and having relationships
  • where they will live
  • who will look after them
  • personal care
  • money matters
  • holidays
  • developing their interests.

More information, advice or support

We can support you in preparing for the meeting, by supporting you to gather your views and by attending the meeting, if you need us to be there.

Contact us if you need further help or advice.

Citizens Advice Bureau, tel: 01246 209164.

Job Centre Plus, tel: 0845 604 3719.

Welfare Rights, tel: 0845 120 2985.