School Transition

School transition resources for deaf or hard of hearing students.

Starting school is an important and exciting  step for students and their families, but it can also be a challenging time for some. When the young person is deaf or hard of hearing the transition usually involves extra challenges and may be a source of considerable stress and anxiety for parents/carers, the teaching team and the student. Successful transition to school requires careful planning, preparation and communication that contributes to development of a shared understanding of each student. (Brereton, A., Bull, K. 2010)

Please note, this web page is currently undergoing revisions in order to update its content and resources. However please feel free to continue to access these resources in the meantime.

For resources to help with the transition to primary and secondary school for children who are deaf or hard of hearing click on these links below:



Transition to post-school education and employment to post-school education and employment
Transition to Secondary to SecondaryTransition to secondary school for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (Government schools, Catholic or Independent schools).​
Transition to Primary School to Primary SchoolThe Transition to Primary School Program/Kit is designed for educators and families involved in transitioning a child who is deaf or hard of hearing (with any level of hearing loss) into primary school (Government, Catholic, or Independent). Educators may include early intervention staff, pre-primary early educators (kindergarten teachers), day care or child care staff, classroom teachers, visiting teachers and other professionals involved with the family such as: speech pathologists, psychologists, occupational therapists etc