How will we support your child when they join our school, leave our school or move into a different class?

Transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and we take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.

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/IEP/SMART 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.