How we support children/young people with SEN starting at our school
We liaise directly with parents as well as previous nurseries and settings to ensure that we at Burnhope fully understand the needs of children starting at our school and can give them the full support they need. We meet with the child before they start and ensure that parents have the opportunity to ask any questions they wish and express any concerns they may have.
The child is encouraged to visit the school for a look round with their parent where they can have a tour of the school and meet their class teacher before they start. In EYFS, the child comes in for a short, informal play alongside the existing cohort of children before starting school officially. We request the relevant paperwork from the previous school to ensure a smooth transition between schools.
How we support children/young people with SEN moving between classes in our school
We have a transition week where children spend three days with their new teacher in preparation for the new school year. As we are a small school, children often have the same teacher for more than one year which helps to develop relationships. Staff meet to discuss with the next teacher before the end of the academic year and can talk about SEN pupils in detail, passing on what works well.
How we support children/young people with SEN leaving our school
Children spend time at their new school before leaving permanently. Extra transition is arranged if it is felt the child would benefit from it. Our SENCO will contact the SENCO of the new school to discuss any specific needs and pass on strategies for supporting the child to ensure stability and consistency for the child.