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How does school support your child when they are leaving this school, starting this school or joining a new class?

We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEN, and we take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.

If your child is joining us from another school your child will be able to visit our school and stay for taster sessions, if this is appropriate.  Our SENCO will liaise with the SENCO at your child’s current school to discuss the best way to meet their learning needs.  If appropriate a key member of staff will visit your child in their current setting.

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.
  • Whenever possible visits will be arranged to the receiving school for your child, prior to the move.
  • We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.
  • If your child would be helped by a book/passport to support them in understand moving on, one will be made for them.

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.  IEP s will be shared with the new Teacher.
  • During the final weeks of the school year your child will visit his/her new class on at least two occasions in order to become familiar with new staff and classmates.

In Year 6: 

The SENCO will discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENCO of the child’s secondary school.  In most cases, a transition review meeting to which you will be invited will take place with the SENCO from the new school.