About transition

Educational psychologists have a particular interest in transition, since transitions are such a fundamental aspect of life.  We know that some transitions can be more difficult for some children and young people. This might be the case if they have experienced disruption in their relationships and changes or transitions that have not gone well. Such children and young people, along with the adults in their lives, benefit from carefully planned transitions.

In this section of our website you will find information about the use of the Transition Partnership Agreement to support transition.

The Transition Partnership Agreement

The Transition Partnership Agreement (TPA) replaces the Inclusion Partnership Agreement (IPA). The IPA was developed in Hampshire over 10 years ago and in light of an increasing emphasis on person centred approaches, it has now been reviewed, significantly revised and renamed. The use of the TPA has also extended to the Isle of Wight. The review involved  parents, including representatives from Hampshire Parent Carer Network, SENCos and Area Inclusion Coordinators (Area InCos), home school link workers, specialist teacher advisors, and educational psychologists.

Although the IPA was used for a number of purposes, including helping to plan for children and young people with special educational needs, it has always played a key part in action planning for a successful transition. Renaming the IPA as the Transition Partnership Agreement means that there is a clear emphasis on transition action planning. The intention of the TPA is to support transition for those children and young people who might be vulnerable when making the transition into preschool, to school or college, or to a new year group.

There are currently five documents, a form and guidance for children in preschool settings, and a form and guidance for children for children and young people of school age. All the guidance and forms are equally applicable to settings, schools and colleges in Hampshire and in the Isle of Wight. The fifth document is a review form for children and young people in school.

Transition Partnership Forms

TPA Form

Guidance on using the TPA form

TPA Form Preschool

Guidance for Early Years Settings

TPA Form Supporting Transition School Review