We recognise 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:
In the summer term before children transfer to their new school we organise transition visits from our feeder nursery schools.
This involves the children visiting their new school on several occasions and helping them to settle into their new environment, meeting staff and their new friends. The organisation of transition for SEND children is an extension of this system, where visits can be tailored to suit individual needs.
Children with SEND may require additional support when moving to Castleside Primary School and we work with staff at the feeder school to ensure this is as supportive to parents and children as possible.
Key workers of SEND children will be involved in discussions with school staff and parents outlining the options available. It is also possible for staff to visit settings alongside parents to give advice.
Once a place at our school has been accepted, we will contact the Nursery school and set up a number of dates to visit with the child to help familiarise them with the new environment and staff. The number of visits varies from child to child and is negotiated with parents. Records and key information about the child’s needs, use of equipment, strategies for teaching, agencies involved are also passed on.
Transition Within School
Discussions are held between relevant staff including support staff to ensure that each child’s needs continue to be met. Parents are involved if there is a significant need which has not already been discussed at earlier meetings.
In the Summer term transition sessions are held within school so each child can familiarise themselves with their new classroom and their new teacher.
Transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3
Parents are encouraged to visit Key Stage 3 provision during the final terms when their child is in Year 5. They can be accompanied by our school staff if this is felt to be appropriate.
In Years 5 and 6 there is a programme of liaison visits to local Secondary schools which can be adapted to suit the needs of individual SEND children. Extra visits can be arranged and carried out, by children, staff and parents.
Dialogue between the pupil, parents, Primary School and Secondary Provision is encouraged throughout the final year of primary education to ensure that a successful transition takes place.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.