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Transition to junior secondary for students with disability

The department recognises the importance of building connections in local communities between families, primary and secondary schools. The Strategic Plan 2016-20 Adobe PDF document identifies transition as a priority. It highlights the importance of working together to develop a shared responsibility for successful transitions so that all students can reach their potential.

The junior secondary education phase caters for the specific needs of young adolescent learners in Years 7-9. It focuses on students' social and emotional wellbeing as well as their academic progress. Transition from primary to junior secondary is a process that explicitly supports students to adjust to the different, more complex secondary context.

Whole-school approach

The transition to junior secondary is supported through a whole-school approach to supporting student learning Microsoft® Word document.

All students, including students with disability, participate in transition programs in Year 6. The whole-school approach recognises that for some students, more focused and/or intensive supports and strategies may be required to ensure a successful transition to junior secondary.

A whole-school approach to the transition of students with disability to junior secondary:

Information for parents/carers is outlined in Transition to junior secondary school - ideas for parents/carers.

Transition program considerations

Secondary schools conduct transition programs to enable students to spend time and undertake activities at the school to become more familiar with their new surroundings. This is important to help students feel more comfortable about starting secondary school.

Transition programs in schools:

The transition to junior secondary school matrix Microsoft® Word document737K provides a range of ideas that schools and parents/carers can use to support the different phases of the transition process.

The Getting ready to start secondary school Microsoft® Word document 71K sample transition booklet is an editable resource that secondary schools can adjust and use to support their transition programs. This booklet can also be shared with parents/carers and the primary school as an additional resource to support transition. A completed example Adobe PDF document806K of the booklet has also been provided to give you some ideas on the adjustments that can be made to support different learners.

The transition to junior secondary school - ideas for parents/carers provides information that parents/carers can use to support their child through the primary to junior secondary transition.

Additional resources

Supporting students with additional or complex needs External Link contains information from the Victorian Department of Education and Training to assist schools and families to support a successful transition from primary to junior secondary.

The Learning and wellbeing framework offers a package of materials and some practical advice to help make the transition to high school as smooth as possible. These materials support all students moving from primary school including students with disability. Schools use the Learning and Wellbeing Framework to guide school transition program review processes.

Useful Links

P-12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework

Professional development pathways for teacher aides

Student Diversity and the Australian Curriculum External Link

Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C)

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