Arrangements for supporting pupils with special educational needs in a transfer between phases of education.

How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, transfer to a new setting or to the next stage of education and life?

Transition is a part of life for all learners, and planning for transition is a part of our provision for all learners. Some children may need enhanced support during the transition of classes, and the class teachers and SENDCo can be used to facilitate this where necessary.

During transition to and from other schools/pre-school a planning meeting will be held to discuss each child’s needs and ensure for a planned and supported transition. Assessment and progress data, attendance and behaviour information, and information about friendship groups is collected and shared at the planning meeting. The school is committed to working in partnership with children, families and other providers to ensure positive transitions occur.

     If your child is joining us from another school:

  • The SENDCo will liaise with pre-schools/schools when appropriate.

  • Your child will be able to visit our school and stay for a taster session, if this is appropriate.

  • A meeting will be arranged with the Head-teacher and where necessary, the class teacher and SENDCo in order to discuss any issues and/or ensure that a plan is in place to meet any SEND needs.

    If your child is moving to another school:

  • We will contact the school SENDCo and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that needs to be provided for your child. Where possible, a planning meeting will take place with the SENDCo from the new school.

  • We will 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  in most cases, a planning meeting will take place with the new teacher. EHCP/Pupil Support Plans/Right For Children targets will be shared with the new teacher.

In Year 5:

  • Children with an EHCP will have a Transfer Review where it will be possible to discuss and give clear recommendations of the type of provision that will be required at secondary school.
  • The secondary SENDCo will be invited to Year 5 Transfer Reviews.

In Year 6:

  • The SENDCo will discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENDCo of the child’s secondary school.

  • It may be necessary to set up a meeting with the secondary SENDCo, primary SENDCo, year 6 teacher and parents in order to discuss any concerns or to put a plan into place. The secondary SENDCo may also be invited to attend any meetings, including TAF meetings with outside agencies during your child’s final year in primary.

  • Your child will participate in a range of learning activities relating to 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 in this school.

  • Children are involved in a variety of activities led by the secondary schools leading up to and during their visits.

  • Parents may request a specific meeting with the SENDCo of the secondary school when visiting.

  • There may be enhanced transition arrangements for SEND children.