Transition to another class or school can be difficult for children with SEND, so we prioritise this challenging time.
The class teacher will visit you in your home before your child starts school. The SENDCo will aim to meet with you within two weeks of your child starting school to discuss how we can support your child. Our Headteacher, Mrs Stillie, is also always willing to meet families before your child joins the school.
Sometimes, we may visit your child in their nursery setting and speak to the SEND staff there to gain further information. We may also support your child with additional visits to the school, when there are no children or with picture books of their new classroom for you to share with them before they start school.
Moving to another school
Secondary school staff will visit pupils prior to them joining their new school. Miss Westall – the SENDCo – will talk with the SENCOs from the secondary schools to pass on important information. Where a pupil may have more specialised needs, a separate meeting may be arranged with Miss Westall, the secondary school SENCO, the parents/carers and where appropriate the pupil. If your child has an EHCP, a special and detailed Transitional Annual Review will take place, normally in October, before your child starts at secondary school the following year.
When the child moves to a new school, all records about him/her are forwarded to the school as soon as requested.
Moving between classes and phases
Before the child starts another class within the school, your child’s current and next teacher will meet in advance of the new school year as part of the transition process. All pupils take part in transition days where they spend some time with their new class. The SENDCo also produces SEND handover notes for all class teachers which detail needs, important updates and things that need to take place, along with upcoming dates. Where the child has more complex needs, a meeting may be held at a key transition point with the parent, teacher, SENDCO and a professional from an outside service.