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"Moving to secondary school" began as a research project that aimed to understand how to support children with neurodevelopmental conditions during the primary to secondary school transition.

Transitioning from primary to secondary school can be a challenging time, and this may be particularly true for children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism. This research uses a cross-syndrome comparison involving children identified with autism, and children with Down syndrome and Williams syndrome to identify factors that aid transition from primary to secondary school.


By considering the views from parents, Special Educational Needs Coordinators, and the children themselves, this research will provide a unique insight into good practice with children with neurodevelopmental conditions moving to secondary school.

Our work has been funded by UKRI to ESRC (ES/T502054/1), William Syndrome Foundation and Thomas Baily Foundation.

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