National Transition Guidelines for students with special education needs

Successfully transitioning students with special needs from school to adult life is a focus for special education. The National Transition Guidelines document below provides best practice information for specialist educators, schools and parents.

The guidelines are based on these evidence-based best practice principles:

  • begin planning early — by age 14
  • place the learner and their whānau at the centre
  • build partnerships between schools and communities
  • ensure goals for the transition plan are embedded in education and the community 
  • identify and address barriers to providing information and support
  • differentiate between learner and whānau needs including life skills 
  • use community settings
  • regularly monitor and evaluate the transition plan.

The National Transition Guidelines

Download the National Transition Guidelines as a Word document [DOC, 211 KB]

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