We recognize that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.
How we will support children with SEND when they are moving on to another class or leaving this school:
We recognize that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible. We feel that a key step to success is continuing communication between parents, staff and pupils as far 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 (hard copy and digital – CPOMS)
In Year 6:
We have a planned Year 6 Transition Programme in preparation for children transferring to secondary school. This is arranged by the year 6 and feeder secondary school staff. Throughout Year 6, the children have opportunities to visit the secondary setting.
Alongside this, the SENDCo liaises with secondary feeder schools, invites the secondary SENCo to Year 6 reviews and meetings and gathers information about students prior to transfer in September.
Some children will require a more detailed and individual transition package depending upon their need and to ensure as smooth a transition as possible. This may include:-
· Attending a weekly group at Seaham Trinity with their peers to reduce anxiety and build peer support (Gill Morritt)
· Some pupils need to build support with their peers.
· Additional transition visits to the secondary school as a smaller group
· Meeting named adults in the secondary school so that your child knows who to go to.
· A transition passport with photos and information about what will happen the following year.
• The secondary schools hold open evenings for parents to attend in order to support the decision making process about which school is the right choice for your child.
• Details of the pupil’s needs are passed on to the new SENDCo, along with details of what support has been in place at our school to help them, and any reports from external agencies.
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 SEND plans and SEND records will be shared with the new teacher so they are aware of and able to continue with the support required.
· Each year at our school, your child will have the opportunity to meet with their next class teacher in their new classroom.
· 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.
· Some pupils may need a longer transition period, where we will agree additional time to visit the classroom, and time to get to know new staff.
· Following suggestions from our parent group, we have recognised the need for key staff to follow your child to the next class during this transition period.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.