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.
At Burnhope Primary School we recognise how important a successful transition is to our children with additional needs.
How we will support children with SEND when they are moving on to another class or leaving this school:
In the summer term before children move to their new class in September, we organise transition visits for all children to help familiarise them with their new environment and the staff in their new area.
Transition involves pre-nursery children visiting our EYFS setting on a number of occasions before attending a full session. All children attending nursery currently or who are in full time education already will spend time with their new teacher and in their new classroom during the Summer term. Children with SEND may require additional support when moving from class to class and all staff work together to ensure this is as supportive to parents and seamless for the child as possible. In addition, we ensure that staff share records and key information about the child’s needs, use of equipment, strategies for teaching and agencies involved.
We call this transition period at the end of each school year, ‘Move-Up’ days, when they move into their new classroom and meet their new teacher. Children with SEND are supported by a teaching assistant they are familiar with during this process and if appropriate to the child’s needs, this assistant will move with them. In Summer 2016 the dates for our ‘Move Up days’ will be 4th, 5th and 6th of July.
At the end of Year 6, we work in partnership with our feeder secondary school, North Durham Academy, 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 children, 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 child. Our secondary school colleagues attend Year 5 and Year 6 Annual Reviews to meet the class teachers, parents and most importantly the child. At these meetings, secondary school provision is discussed and transition support put in place. We have found this particularly useful in easing any worries or concerns parents and children 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.
Dates for your diary.
|09/06/16||1.45-3.20||6||Teacher from NDA visit to Parents and teacher||Burnhope Primary|
|04/07/16||All Day||6||Induction Day||NDA|
|05/07/16||All Day||6||Induction Day||NDA|
|06/07/16||All Day||6||Induction Day||NDA|
|06/07/16||5.30 p.m. onwards||6||Parents Induction Meeting||NDA|
|All Day||N - Yr 5||New Classes||Burnhope Primary|