Transitions can be difficult for all children, but particularly children with SEND. We therefore have thorough procedures in place to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.
If your child is moving to another school, we will contact the school SENDCo and ensure they know about any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child. We will also 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 a transition meeting will take place with the new teacher and, where relevant, the SENDCo. All Pupil Passports will be shared with the new teacher, as well as information about progress, targets and interventions that the child has received. With some children, we will also create a transition booklet in which they can collect information about their new class teacher and classroom so that they can reassure themselves at different times both at home and at school.
When children are approaching the end of Year 6, the Year 6 teacher and SENDCo will meet with relevant colleagues from your child’s next school and pass on any necessary information about their needs (giving children the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face where possible). With some children additional transition visits will be offered by their new school. We will inform you if this option becomes available.
If relevant, your child will be included in focused learning about aspects of transition to support their understanding of the changes ahead. 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 here too. This offers additional support, a chance to answer questions and generally reassure children during this period of change.