We recognise how important a successful transition is for our pupils with additional needs.
We work in partnership with all our feeder schools to provide an enhanced level of transition for those who we feel would benefit. This may take the form of additional visits for pupils or one to one/small group working with secondary.
Transition visits take place at the beginning of July. Children who are more vulnerable are identified and supported during this time.
If additional visits are required, these will be arranged. The SENDCo at both schools will meet with parents to discuss individual cases.
The period of transition depends on the individual needs of the pupil. If it is felt appropriate, secondary school colleagues will attend Annual Reviews to meet the current class teacher, parents and most importantly, the pupil. We have found this strategy particularly useful in easing any worries or concerns parents and pupils may have.
We are particularly keen to involve parents/carers as much as possible in their child’s transition to secondary school.
School staff will take opportunities to work alongside parents/carers to visit secondary schools in advance of secondary placement applications being submitted to the Local Authority, if applicable. This ensures parents/carers can make the most informed placement decision for their child.
Year to Year transition
Transition from each Year Group so that children have met with their new teachers and are familiar with the new classroom environment and organisation.
We use social stories for some of our children. These use pictures of the new environment, staff and routines for children to look at and prepare themselves for the changes.
For children with SEND additional visits can be arranged and where necessary, further work will be done with the child to aid this move.