Transition from Primary to Post-Primary School: Issues for Students with Special Educational Needs


  • Eamonn McCauley


Transition, Primary to Post-Primary, SEN, Special Educational Needs


In this, the first of two articles on transition, the author looks at some of the literature on transition from primary to post-primary school and identifies a range of issues that emerge for students with special educational needs (SEN). He argues that pupils with SEN are particularly susceptible to the discontinuities in organisation, curriculum, pedagogy and personal and social interaction that come into sharp relief during and immediately after transfer. The challenges created by these discontinuities are discussed and some possible consequences are noted in order to understand and respond to the increasingly diverse and complex needs of those transferring.


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How to Cite

McCauley, E. (2009). Transition from Primary to Post-Primary School: Issues for Students with Special Educational Needs. REACH: Journal of Inclusive Education in Ireland, 23(1), 32–46. Retrieved from