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‘Be prepared and give it a go!’ Transitions into further education for learners with additional learning needs

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posted on 23.05.2022, 17:02 authored by Rhiannon PackerRhiannon Packer, Emily Abbinett, Emily Morris

 Transitions in education are known to have an impact on learners both in social and emotional terms as well as academically. This article argues that transition experiences should be regarded as an on- going process rather than a one-off event. The move from compulsory education at the age of 16 can have a significant impact on engagement and retention, particularly for learners with additional learning needs (ALN), yet this is an underexplored area. While the transition from compulsory education to a further education (FE) setting brings increased independence, new opportunities and the emergence of adulthood, it can also be a time of trepidation and uncertainty for all learners, including those with ALN. Using  an  interpretive  methodology,  the  voices  of  key  stakeholders  in  the  transition  to  FE  from  one  setting  were  recorded  to  explore  and  inform good practice. Data were gathered using online questionnaires, interviews   and   focus   groups.   Findings   ascertained   the   value   of   nurturing effective practitioner– learner relationships in preparation for transition, the importance of developing peer support networks and the provision of a central, safe space that is accessible to learners with ALN at all times. 

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Published in

British Journal of Special Education

Publisher

Wiley

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Citation

Packer, R., Abbinett, E., & Morris, E. (2022). ‘Be prepared and give it a go!’Transitions into further education for learners with additional learning needs. British Journal of Special Education.

Electronic ISSN

1467-8578

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy

Cardiff Met Authors

Rhiannon Packer

Copyright Holder

© The Authors

Language

en