How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?
Transition is a part of life for all children, whether it involves moving to a new class or moving to a new school. We recognise that transition is an important time for all children but especially so for a pupil with SEN. We work closely with parents, children and staff to ensure these transitions run as smoothly as possible.
Planning for transitions within the school will take place in the Summer Term. Arrangements for transition to secondary school for children with SEN will be planned according to individual need.
Transition to the next year group within school is carefully planned. There is a whole school transition session. Some children will be given extra ‘drop in sessions’ to the classroom or ‘drop by’ sessions by the teacher and/or teaching assistant of their new class. This may involve photographs of their new classroom.
If a child is joining St Paul's School and has already been identified with a Special Educational Need and outside agencies are involved, the school will have a handover meeting and will arrange a transition programme for the child.
Year 6 transition support begins after SATS have been completed. Transition information will be shared with the SENCO at their secondary school. This information will outline needs and support that has proven effective. Where possible, children will visit their new school. Extra, tailor-made transition programmes will be arranged where necessary.
For pupils transferring to secondary school with Education Health and Care Plans, the receiving school is invited to attend the review meeting in Year 6 in which a bespoke transition plan will be drawn up
In Early Years, there is a phased transition. Workshops and information evenings are planned for prospective parents.