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Students with special educational needs: transitions from primary to secondary school

Students with special educational needs: transitions from primary to secondary school

Maras, Pam and Aveling, Emma-Louise (2006) Students with special educational needs: transitions from primary to secondary school. British Journal of Special Education, 33 (4). pp. 196-203. ISSN 0952-3383 (Print), 1467-8578 (Online) (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8578.2006.00439.x)

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Abstract

This article looks at the experiences of young people with Statements of special educational needs prior to and following moves from primary to secondary school. Pam Maras and Emma-Louise Aveling of the University of Greenwich, London, used interviews to develop six qualitative case studies focusing on the transition process. Findings from these case studies reveal that the young people varied in their expectations and needs during the transition to secondary school, and that schools differed in the quality and efficacy of the support systems they provide. Parents' and carers' responses suggest that additional support services were not necessarily the most beneficial way to provide for all of the young people. What did appear to be beneficial was continuity of support throughout the transition to a new school, and the provision of a dedicated space within the school, such as a special needs unit. Several of the young people adapted easily alongside their peers without special educational needs, while others required more structured support. Pam Maras and Emma-Louise Aveling suggest that effective communication between support services, the young person, and their parents can facilitate successful transitions by allowing support to be tailored to individual students' needs.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] The British Journal of Special Education is published on behalf of nasen - the leading organisation in the UK which aims to promote the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs.
Uncontrolled Keywords: transition, primary schools, secondary school, special educational needs, support
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/3341

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