At Timothy Hackworth Primary School we recognise how important a successful transition is to our pupils with additional needs.
How we support children/young people with SEND starting at our school
Before starting school with us, children and parents are encouraged to visit and meet with key staff. Transition days, where the child spends time in their new class, are also arranged where ever possible. Information packs for new starters are detailed and include information around SEND support in school.
When a child moves between year groups in school, additional arrangements are made for them to spend time getting to know their new teacher and classroom, in addition to the standard transition arrangements. These arrangements are made on an individual basis depending on the needs of the child. The SEND Parents Advisory Group have also created a checklist specifically for SEND children for use during transition.
How we support children/young people with SEND leaving our 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, use of resources such as ‘pupil passports’ and information booklets prepared with the children showing their new environment and the staff they will be working with.
The period of transition is flexible and depends on the individual needs of the pupil, arrangements may start as early as the start of Year 5. 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.