Transitions

Transitions

Transitioning from one class or school to another can be stressful for a young person with epilepsy. They may have built up trusted relationships with other pupils and adults. Preparing the young person for the next stage of their education is key to their confidence, and ultimately their outcomes.

Preparation could include:

  • Arranging for the young person and their parents to meet with the new staff
  • Informal meetings with new classmates
  • Trial sessions
  • Additional time to move around the site and find their way around the new setting

Communication between staff members is key to ensuring that all those involved have a full understanding of the young person’s condition and the impact it has on them. Ensure that the young person knows who their new key adults are and allow them time to get to know and trust them.

When a young person with epilepsy moves to another school, you should ensure that all relevant information about their condition and its impact is shared as part of the transition arrangements. Where possible a conversation between the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) or Inclusion Leaders should be arranged and the young person and their parents should be informed of what information has been shared.

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Young Epilepsy helpline: email helpline@youngepilepsy.org.uk / call 01342 831342 / text 07860 023789

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