We recognize that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.
How we will support children with SEND when they are moving on to another class or leaving this school:
Transition into EYFS
Prior to starting school children are gradually integrated into EYFS at St Joseph’s. We visit Nursery Schools to meet all the children and speak to class teachers. We complete home visits which enables parents to speak to us regarding their individual child’s needs. All children are offered an opportunity to visit their new class. We also offer additional school visits for children with SEND to enable a smooth transition.
Upon entry into school children are gradually introduced with an informal timetable working up to a full working week by week 3.
Transition into classes throughout KS1/KS2
As the children progress through each year group, they spend two days of transition with their new classes in July prior to starting in September. The transition days in July tie in with Y6 transition to the local secondary schools. As the children progress into new classes/ schools, information is shared with colleagues and where appropriate, new training is given to staff. Key information regarding any SEN/ attainment etc is recorded and filed for the children, and this paperwork travels with them in their school life and into each new setting.
Transition into Secondary School
We work in partnership with our feeder secondary schools to provide an enhanced level of transition for those who we feel would benefit from this. This may take the form of additional visits for pupils, one to one / small group working with secondary school staff or pupil mentoring from secondary schools.
The period of transition depends on the individual needs of the pupil. If it is felt appropriate secondary school colleagues will attend Annual Reviews to meet the current class teacher, parents and most importantly the pupil. We have found this strategy particularly useful in easing any worries or concerns parents and pupils may have. We are particularly keen to involve parents/carers as much as possible in their child’s transition to secondary school. School staff will take opportunities to work alongside parents/carers to visit secondary schools in advance of secondary placement applications being submitted to the Local Authority.
This ensures parents/carers can make the most informed placement decision for their child. When a secondary school has been allocated to the child, parents are fully involved and consulted at all stages of the transition process.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.