created by Inclusion Advisory Team (IAT) published on 03 June 2020

Last updated: 4th March 2021

Return to School: Supporting Transition and Reintegration 

Helpful Resources and Training Links

Below you will find a range of information to support the planning, transition and reintegration of children and young people with SEND back into school settings.

This information is arranged in the following way:

  1. Recovery Planning for SEND and Inclusion
  2. Transition and Reintegration Plan with supporting guidance
  3. Planning for SEND - A Practical Toolkit
  4. Return to School Resources and Visuals
  5. Support for parents and carers: Helping Children Back to School

We will continue to update this information on a regular basis.

1. Recovery Planning for SEND and Inclusion

The Recovery Planning for SEND and Inclusion template and Planning for SEND: Covid-19 template both provides an example of what you could consider to help you plan strategically for a return to school.

These are prompts and not an exhaustive list. You will need to tailor this to the needs of your pupils and your setting, and in line with any recent Government Guidance.

Click here to download these documents:


2. Transition and Reintegration Plan template with guidance

Below you will find a Transition and Re-integration Plan for Vulnerable Pupils along with supporting guidance to prepare and support children and young people to return to school.

The plan is designed to help the setting, child/young person and family to identify the support they need, address any barriers or concerns they may have and agree a transition with appropriate support that can be put in place to enable the child/young person to return to school. The supporting guidance has helpful prompts to support the completion of each section of the plan.

Click on the links below to download a copy:


3. Planning SEND - Looking Forward - A Toolkit of Practical Solutions

These are a collection of practical tips that may help when you are planning the return of your pupils with SEND. It can be used alongside the Transition and Reintegration Plan for Vulnerable Pupils as well as any updated Government Guidance. 

These practical tips have been collated from best practice and from examples that schools have shared.

Click here to download a copy: A Practical Solutions Toolkit 


4. Return to School Resources and Visuals

Return to School Visuals from Communication Friendly Resources

Communication Friendly - Return to School Resources February 2021

Communication Friendly - Self Testing Visuals 

Return to School Social Stories and Visuals

A story on going back to school after lockdown - a social story to support going back to school after lockdown (The Autism Service, Cognus)

Supporting Transition Changes - helpful visuals to support transitions (Worcestershire Speech and Language Therapy)

Barnet Transition Passports 

Four different formats of the Transition Passport have been developed to ensure that these can be personalised and illustrated in accordance with the wishes of the young person.

The young person can also choose whether to use the Transition Mini-passport which gives a brief overview about themselves, or the more detailed version of the Transition Passport and share more information about their needs and wishes.

Click here to see the different templates: Transition Passports

Autism Education Trust Transition Booklet - Transition Booklet pdf

Chatterpack Tips for Transition Top 10 Tips for Transition

Secondary Transfer: Ideas for Supporting Remote Transitions - some helpful suggestions from our Barnet secondary SENCOs on how to support remote transitions for secondary transfer during this time: Supporting Remote Transitions

Widgit Symbols and Words - collection of tools and ready-made materials to help support children and young people, including topics such as hand washing:

Widgit Back to School Toolkit - a free toolkit of symbol materials to support the wider opening of schoools. Resources included are support signage, wayfinding and personal care around a socially distanced school environment:

Twinkl – Parents Hub Home Learning Packs for all Key Stages. This includes a powerpoint for 'Back to School', posters and display materials on topics such as social distancing, handwashing and stay safe in your bubble:'​

The 7 Bs - created by members of the Barnet Specialist Team, this resource provides a visual prompt for pupils to help think about ways they can support their own learning. This resource can be adapted to suit the needs of the pupil and is suitable from Key Stage 2 upwards: The 7 Bs Visual Prompt

Coronavirus Bingo (kindly shared by Friern Barnet School) - a brilliant way of introducing the new expectations for returning to school, for example, social distancing, good hygiene, etc in a fun and safe way:

Coronavirus Bingo Instructions

Coronavirus Powerpoint Presentation

Keep Safe - a website that provides a range of posters and resources about the coronavirus covering topics such as the safe distance rule and new rules about wearing face masks on public transport. There is also an exemption card for those children and young people with SEND who may find wearing a face mask difficult to manage.

Click here to visit the website: Keep Safe 

5. Support for parents and carers: Helping Children Back to School (

A wide range of useful resources for parents, carers, teachers, children and young people on our Back to School page. Some of these include tips on how to get back into a routine, important information on potential changes to the school setting and advice on dealing with anxiety:

·         A Back to School booklet for parents, carers and guardians with methods to help manage your child's anxiety, fix disrupted sleep patterns and build their resilience.

·         A Back to School presentation for primary and secondary school pupils to help support their mental wellbeing.

·         A Back to School presentation for primary school pupils to help support their mental wellbeing.

Also, Barnet Integrated Clinical Services (BICS) have organised a series of free wellbeing workshops for children, young people, parents and carers. View the list of workshops and details on how to book here.

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