Transition is not a single event, such as leaving school, but a process that unfolds over many years and involves significant emotional, physical, intellectual and physiological changes.
Whatever the form of change and transition, all children and young people are entitled to support to enable them to gain as much as possible from the opportunities that Curriculum for Excellence can provide, as well as support in moving into positive and sustained destinations beyond school.
Transitions also affect the family or those who care for the child or young person. There are numerous types of transition that occur throughout the day, the school term, the year and across the lifespan as highlighted in Figure 11.
The extent of any impact from transitions will vary considerably for every learner. This may be due to the levels of understanding, planning and supports in place as well as the learner’s profile of strengths, skills and areas of difficulty.