An exploration into the implications of the Covid- 19 restrictions on the transition from Early Years Education to Key Stage 1 for children with special educational needs and disability – a comparative study

Wythe, Jessica (2022) An exploration into the implications of the Covid- 19 restrictions on the transition from Early Years Education to Key Stage 1 for children with special educational needs and disability – a comparative study. British Journal of Special Education. ISSN 0952-3383

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Abstract

This small-scale comparative study explores how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on the transition from Early Years Education to Key Stage 1 (KS1) for children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) in a SEND specialist school in the UK. Two focus group interviews were conducted with nine professionals who work across three KS1 classes for pupils with moderate learning difficulties at a SEND specialist provision setting. This study aimed to compare their experiences and observations of how the children responded to this significant transition in September 2020, in the context of the coronavirus restrictions, and how their practice, provision and transitional support were adapted to meet the needs of the children and to adhere to the changing Covid-19 guidance. The novel findings of this study revealed that the professionals observed significant disruptions and delays in children's independence skills and social and emotional skills, and in adhering to behavioral expectations, in comparison to cohorts in previous academic years. Additionally, the study identified a lack of consistent and systematic educational guidance during the coronavirus pandemic and a significant difference in transitional support practices due to the coronavirus restrictions.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8578.12430
Dates:
DateEvent
1 August 2022Accepted
18 August 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: coronavirus, special educational needs and disability, transitional support, transition to school, impact of Covid-19 on transition
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Education and Social Work
Depositing User: Jessica Wythe
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2022 09:29
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2022 09:29
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13586

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