How we will support children with SEND when they are moving on to another class or leaving this school:
At West Rainton Primary School we recognise how important a successful transition is to our pupils with additional needs. We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and we take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.
We work in partnership with our feeder secondary schools; most of our children transfer to Belmont Community School. This enables us 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 or 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, in the case of children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health Care Plan.
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.
Transition from each year group is supported so that the children have met with their new teachers and are familiar with the new classroom environment and organisation.
New starters for Reception children are provided with the following opportunities:
- Parent and child meeting in school.
- Children’s visits to Reception class in the Summer term; for pupils who do not attend our own school nursery, the arrangements will remain the same, and they will be invited to attend at the same times as their future peers!
- Pupils and parents invited for a school lunch; this is a particularly welcoming event, particularly for those with specific needs, as they feel much more settled in September. They have the opportunity to meet key members of staff, including the SENDCO.
At West Rainton Primary School we have a flexible approach and additional visit opportunities or multi-agency meetings can be organised if required. In addition to this, if your child does have specific needs which you feel would be beneficial to discuss prior to their start in Reception, please contact school to arrange a meeting with Mrs Susan Firth, who will happily arrange this.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.