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The department is committed to supporting a shared responsibility for successful transitions for all children to school, to junior secondary education and to life after school.

Parents, educators and specialists, work together to ensure that all transitions occur in a supportive and positive environment.

Students with disability may require more focused and intensive planning and support to address the impacts of their disability and reduce barriers to ensure successful transitions occur.

More focused and intensive approaches and strategies to supporting the transition of students with disability will:

This webpage provides information to assist schools in strengthening their approach to supporting successful transitions for students with disability through their schooling life:

Getting involved

The research tells us that the most meaningful partnerships are those where schools, parents, students and the community work together to focus on student learning. Parents are encouraged to contact schools as early as possible to discuss local strategies which are in place to support transitions.

Refer to the Parent and Community Engagement Framework for further information.

Transition to school

The transition to school is a time of great expectations for all involved and works best when parents, teachers and early education and care providers work together to build relationships and establish positive interactions to support the child.

Step up into education is a Queensland Government commitment to better prepare and support children to make the transition to school, and to support parents to become involved in their child's education. The Step up into education website provides resources to support all families and educators to help make the transition to school a positive experience for all children.

Students with disability may require more focused and intensive support to make the successful transition to school. The Autism Spectrum Disorder - Online resource transition package was developed to assist early intervention service providers, parents and teachers (Kindergarten and Prep) by providing information and resources to support children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) transition into Queensland schools. Although the information is specific to children with ASD, most information is relevant and useful to all children with disability transitioning into school.

Transition to junior secondary

The department is committed to improving the connections between families, primary and junior secondary schools within their local communities. The Strategic Plan 2016-20 identifies transition as a priority and highlights the collaborative nature and shared responsibility for successful transitions to expand opportunities for all students to reach their potential.

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

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.

These transition programs are provided within a whole-school approach to supporting diverse learners. Students with disability participate in transition programs alongside their peers 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:

Transition to post-school

The final years of secondary schooling are a time of planning and preparing for the transition to life after school. Careful planning and preparation helps to ensure a smooth transition into employment, vocational pathways, further education and training, community life and independent living.

The process will vary depending on the student's individual needs, strengths, aims and aspirations. It is important to include the young person as much as possible in planning their transition to post-school life.

Schools support students and their families to identify pathways through senior secondary within the Senior Education and Training (SET) plan process. During the SET plan process, students identify their pathway to a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) External Link or a Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) External Link. This pathway decision will guide subject selection, engagement in vocational preparation, community engagement and employment.

The resource Transition to Post School for Students with Disability, provides information to assist schools, families and students with the transition process.

The implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will provide greater choice and variety in the types of supports young people with disability can access to achieve their post-school goals.

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This page was last reviewed on 21 Jul 2016


Information for parents and educators of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder transitioning to school

Autism Spectrum Disorder - Online Resource Transition Package

Transition to Post School for Students with Disability

Transition to Post-school for Students with Disability

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