Connect's Transitions (Changes) Survey Report

7th January 2019

Our December 2018 survey of parents' and children's experiences of transitions (changes) in children's school lives has revealed there is much that needs to be improved.

We are calling for action by the Scottish Government, local authorities and schools to make sure transitions are well-managed for every child in every setting.

You can read our full report here.  We are grateful to everyone who took the time to complete the survey.

Summary of Survey Results

It is clear from our survey results that there is good practice in transition planning and handling.  However, there is so much more that could be done. Communication is key and parents almost always want more information about practical school matters but also about their child and whether they have settled in.  It is really disappointing to read that establishments/schools are not taking on board crucial transition information about individual children and their support needs.

The failure by many schools to share information about anti-bullying approaches (or positive behaviour approaches) from the start must be addressed. It is not bad publicity – it empowers children and parents and helps everyone understand what acceptable and positive behaviour looks like and how to encourage and support it. 

We call on Scottish Government, local authorities and schools to improve transitions by

  • making sure parents and children have the information they need, at the time they need it
  • establishing clear communication channels and contact points for parents
  • making sure schools are implementing the Scottish Government’s School Handbook Guidance
  • making it obligatory for schools/teachers to read and act on transition information – this failure to share information about previous learning and about support needs and/or to act on it has been happening for decades!
  • sharing information on positive behaviour/anti-bullying approaches with families from the outset, to establish a shared understanding of positive behaviour.