ERIC Number: EJ746093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Reference Count: 25
Students with Special Educational Needs: Transitions from Primary to Secondary School
Maras, Pam; Aveling, Emma-Louise
British Journal of Special Education, v33 n4 p196-203 Dec 2006
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.
Descriptors: Special Needs Students, Interviews, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Expectation, Parent Attitudes, Caregiver Attitudes, Parents, Elementary School Students, Student Needs, Transitional Programs, Special Education, Student Adjustment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)