Wherever possible allowing time to prepare children and young people and their families for key points of change will be time well spent.
The support children and young people receive from school around transitions has improved dramatically over time and children clearly benefit from the increased preparation for change.
• Communication between settings is an important starting point. This is also an opportunity to identify those children and families who may need additional support and allows their needs to be planned for.
• Children, young people and their families need a balance of practical information and facts, alongside support to manage the social and emotional impact of the change. There is information on JustOneNorfolk about emotional health.
(Link to emotional health pages – including resilience, regulation, relationships, bullying, low mood)
• Giving children and young people the chance to talk together and share their thoughts and feelings about transition can normalise the change and encourage children and young people to problem solve any challenges they face.
• Whilst for many the transitions that happen throughout school life happen collectively with their peers it is important to be aware of those children who face change outside these times including those who move school frequently. This includes the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community and Looked After Children and Young People . They often face transitions frequently and without the benefit of preparation. Being mindful of those children and young people who do make frequent or unexpected transitions can allow staff to meet their particular needs.
• For staff supporting children with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) preparation for transition to adult services should be built into the annual plan review from year 9. Consider what services should be invited to this to ensure a smooth handover and sharing of information.
- Heads Together - Peer mentoring kit
- Heads Together - Moving on tips for pupils
- Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities - Moving on for teachers
- Department for Children, Schools and Families - What makes a successful transition from primary to secondary school?
- Public Health England lesson plans on transition to secondary school
- Primary Resources - PSHE lesson plans
- Teaching Ideas - transition activities
- Young Minds - 10 ways parents can support their children with change poster
- Young Minds video - common fears about moving to high school
- All About Me booklet
How Can We Help?
Just One Norfolk Access the health advice website to explore a variety of health issues. This website is consistently being reviewed and updated.
Parent Activation Measure This helps parents think about their knowledge skills and confidence in understanding and supporting their children or unborn babies.
Just One Number Call to speak to a health professional by phoning 0300 300 0123. They will be able to provide initial advice and support and guide next steps with us or signpost you to other more relevant agencies and professionals. It is available 08.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays
ChatHealth Children and Young people can access us through our text messaging service on 07480635060. They will be able to discuss any health concerns with one of our Practitioners and also be able to request an appointment if they would prefer to meet with us.
Parent Line Parents can access our services by texting our number 07520631590 . This allows them to access the advice and support from a clinician about any health issues affecting their children aged 0-19.
JustOneNorfolk Health Passport app Young people age 16-19 can download this app on apple or android phones. It provides young people age 16-19 with general health information and advice to increase health literacy. It signposts to services and promotes self care. It aims to increase resilience and wellbeing and to find out how to access health services.
Health Unlocked Parents can be signposted to this. It is a carefully monitored online community forum which allows local parents and carers to talk with each other regarding issues affecting their children. This can be accessed through our Just One Norfolk website.
Solihull Parenting Online For our Norfolk parents there is the opportunity to access this free of charge through JustOneNorfolk. It supports parents in understanding their children from 0-19 via 4 modules.
Staff working with children and families will also benefit from this – or they can book to do the two day Solihull Training provided by our service by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org