For new Reception aged children, we encourage them to visit the school prior to starting and this is done through a series of transition days. These are timetabled so that children can have an experience of either end of the school day.
For children with SEND we would encourage further visits to assist with the acclimatisation of the new surroundings.
- We write social stories with children if transition is potentially going to be difficult.
- We also work closely with parents to help this be as smooth a transition as possible.
- When children are preparing to leave us for a new school, typically to go to Secondary education, we arrange additional visits.
- We liaise closely with Staff when receiving and transferring children to different schools ensuring all relevant paperwork is passed on and all needs are discussed and understood.
- We liaise closely as children move between year groups to ensure all staff are aware of children’s needs.
If your child has complex needs and has an Education Health & Care Plan, then a review will be used as a transition meeting during which we will invite staff from both schools to attend and any other relevant professionals.
How will your school prepare my child for the transition to Secondary school?
Children with SEND are given an extensive level of support before they leave for their new school. Their teacher and SENCo will discuss with secondary colleagues how many transition visits can be arranged over and above those offered to children without SEND. These additional visits to the new school will be carried out with the child and Secondary School Staff in the summer term. This ensures that bridges are built between schools, key information shared between staff and the child is given the opportunity to settle into a new routine with the support of a familiar adult.