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Young people described as having Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) face unique challenges in progressing from education to the world or work. But what does the evidence say about the impact and effectiveness of transition programmes?

This paper presents the evidence for transition programmes for young people with SEND with the aim of exploring what effective best practice looks like and identifying the impact of transition programmes.

The evidence suggests that transition programmes for those young adults with SEND can have a significant and observable impact on behaviour, attainment and progression.

Key features of the evidence include the importance of putting the individual with SEND and their family at the centre of transition programmes and the importance of facilitating supported work experience.

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In the report you will find:

Introducing the challenges faced by young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) when progressing from education to the world of work

What is transition programming?
Describing the key components of transition programmes such as student development, Student Focussed Planning, family involvement and the impacts of this type of programme

What are the lessons for best practice?
What are the five key areas a successful transition programme should focus on?

How should the evidence be developed?
Highlighting future areas for development in this area

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