We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is a smooth as possible.
If your child is moving to another school:
- We will contact the school SENCO and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child.
- We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.
When moving classes in school:
- Information will be passed on to the new class teacher in advance and in most cases, a planning meeting will take place with the new teacher. All PLPs will be shared with the new teacher.
- Additional support, to take account of children’s individual needs, can be arranged, e.g. a child friendly book of photos and additional information to support the transition from one setting to another.
In Year 6:
- Your child will do focused learning about aspects of transition to support their understanding of the changes ahead.
- A member of staff from the secondary school settings comes to visit and meet with the children who will be attending their school. Where possible your child will visit their new school on several occasions and in some cases staff from the new school will visit your child in this school. Many hold open evenings for parents to attend in order to support your decision making process about which school is the right choice for your child.
- If your child has already been identified as having special educational needs, then the SENCO at our school meets with all the secondary school SENCOs during the final term of Year 6. Details of the pupil's needs are passed on to the new SENCO, along with details of what support has been in place at our school to help them. Our SENCO passes on information about any outside agencies that have been involved and all SEN paperwork is passed on, including documents such as PLPs and outside agency reports. The receiving secondary school will then have all the relevant information needed to put support in place as soon as your child joins them in Year 7.